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Water when it counts : reducing scarcity through irrigation monitoring in Central Mozambique (English)

Management of common-pool resources in the absence of individual pricing can lead to suboptimal allocation. In the context of irrigation schemes, this can create water scarcity even when there is sufficient water to meet the total requirements. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8345 FEB 20, 2018

Christian,Paul J.; Kondylis,Florence; Mueller,Valerie Martina; Zwager,Astrid Maria Theresia; Siegfried,Tobias Disclosed

Cash transfers increase trust in local government (English)

How does a locally-managed conditional cash transfer program impact trust in government? On the one hand, delivering monetary benefits and increasing interactions with government officials (elected and appointed) may increase trust. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8333 FEB 12, 2018

Evans,David; Holtemeyer,Brian; Kosec,Katrina L. Disclosed

Using satellite imagery to assess impacts of soil and water conservation measures : evidence from Ethiopia's Tana-Beles Watershed (English)

Although efforts at soil and water conservation are routinely viewed as instrumental in reducing vulnerability to climate change, their impact has rarely been quantified. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8321 JAN 29, 2018

Ali,Daniel Ayalew; Deininger,Klaus W.; Monchuk,Daniel C. Disclosed

The impact of social mobilization on health service delivery and health outcomes : evidence from rural Pakistan (English)

This paper uses a randomized community development program in rural Pakistan to assess the impact of citizen engagement on the quality of public health services. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8313 JAN 23, 2018

Gine,Xavier; Khalid,Salma; Mansuri,Ghazala Disclosed

Preschool and child development under extreme poverty : evidence from a randomized experiment in rural Mozambique (English)

This study analyzed the impact of a community-based preschool program on child development and schooling outcomes in high-poverty areas of rural Mozambique. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8290 DEC 22, 2017

Martinez,Sebastian; Pereira,Vitor Azevedo; Naudeau,Sophie Disclosed

Increasing the sustainability of rural water service: findings from the impact evaluation baseline survey in Nicaragua (English)

evaluation that aims to measure the causal impact of a large-scale rural water supply and services program (PROSASR) in Nicaragua. The overall objective of the evaluation is to assess the causal impact of the provision of technical assistance packages on improvements in the functionality and durability of water systems in rural Nicaraguan communities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8283 DEC 19, 2017

Borja-Vega,Christian; Gruber,Joshua Sean; Spevack,Alexander Matthew Disclosed

The profits of wisdom : the impacts of a business support program in Tanzania (English)

Business training programs in low-income settings have shown limited, if any, impacts on firm revenues and profits, particularly for female entrepreneurs. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8279 DEC 18, 2017

Bardasi,Elena; Gassier,Marine; Holla,Alaka; Goldstein,Markus P. Disclosed

The impact of hurricane strikes on short-term local economic activity : evidence from nightlight images in the Dominican Republic (English)

The Dominican Republic is highly exposed to adverse natural events putting the country at risk of losing hard-won economic, social, and environmental gains due to the impacts of disasters. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8275 DEC 14, 2017

Miranda Montero,Juan Jose; Ishizawa Escudero,Oscar Anil; Strobl,Eric Disclosed

Are psychometric tools a viable screening method for small and medium-size enterprise lending ? evidence from Peru (English)

This study collaborated with the Entrepreneurial Finance Lab and a large bank in Peru to use psychometrics for small and medium-size enterprise lending. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8276 DEC 14, 2017

Ruiz Ortega,Claudia; Bruhn,Miriam; Arraiz,Irani; Stucchi,Rodolfo Mario Disclosed

Teaching with the test : experimental evidence on diagnostic feedback and capacity building for public schools in Argentina (English)

Despite the recent growth in the number of large-scale student assessments, there is little evidence on their potential to inform improvements in school management and classroom instruction in developing countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8261 NOV 28, 2017

Holland,Peter Anthony; De Hoyos Navarro,Rafael E.; Ganimian,Alejandro Jorge Disclosed

The impacts of safety nets in Africa : what are we learning ? (English)

Safety nets in Africa are a popular policy instrument to address the widespread chronic poverty and encourage human capital investments in the education and health of children. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8255 NOV 22, 2017

Ralston,Laura R.; Andrews,Colin; Hsiao,Allan Jer-Yu Disclosed

Learning the impact of financial education when take-up is low (English)

Financial education programs are increasingly offered by governments, nonprofits, and financial institutions. However, voluntary participation rates in such programs are often very low, posing a severe challenge for randomized experiments attempting to measure their impact. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8238 NOV 07, 2017

Ruiz Ortega,Claudia; Mckenzie,David J.; Lara Ibarra,Gabriel Disclosed

What are the effects of expanding a social pension program on extreme poverty and labor supply ? evidence from Mexico's pension program for the elderly (English)

In 2013, Mexico's Social Pension Program for the Elderly was expanded by changing its eligibility threshold from age 70 to age 65. Using pooled cross-sectional data from Mexico's National Household Income and Expenditure Survey, the exogenous variation around eligibility age was exploited to uncover the causal effects of this expansion on extreme poverty and labor supply of the newly eligible population, and to explore potential transmission mechanisms. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8229 OCT 30, 2017

Avila Parra,Clemente; Escamilla Guerrero,David Ricardo Disclosed

Introducing a performance-based school grant in Jakarta : what do we know about its impact after two years ? (English)

This paper evaluates the early impact of introducing a performance component into Jakarta's school grant program on learning outcomes. Using administrative data, it applies difference-in-differences and regression discontinuity approaches to identify the impact of the grant by exploiting differences in program coverage over time, as well as by comparing changes in test scores between schools that received the additional performance award with schools that did not. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8223 OCT 23, 2017

Al-Samarrai,Samer; Shrestha,Unika; Hasan,Amer; Nakajima,Nozomi; Santoso,Santoso; Adi Wijoyo,Wisnu Harto Disclosed

Bridging the intention-behavior gap ? the effect of plan-making prompts on job search and employment (English)

The paper tests the effects of plan-making on job search and employment. In a field experiment with unemployed youths, participants who complete a detailed job search plan increase the number of job applications submitted (by 15 percent) but not the time spent searching, consistent with intention-behavior gaps observed at baseline. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8181 SEP 06, 2017

Abel,Simon Martin; Carranza,Eliana; Burger,Rulof Petrus; Piraino,Patrizio Disclosed

Labor market discrimination and sorting : evidence from South Africa (English)

This paper collects a unique data set of classified ads and exploits quasi-random variation in the applicant pool composition to test for hiring discrimination against immigrants in South Africa's informal sector. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8180 SEP 06, 2017

Simon Martin,Abel Disclosed

Will elders provide for their grandchildren ?: unconditional cash transfers and educational expenditures in Bolivia (English)

This paper takes advantage of repeated cross-section household surveys and a sharp discontinuity created by the introduction of an unconditional cash transfer to elders. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8176 AUG 29, 2017

Canavire-Bacarreza,Gustavo; Chong,Alberto; Rios-Avila,Fernando; Yanez Pagans,Monica Disclosed

Delivering education to the underserved through a public-private partnership program in Pakistan (English)

This study experimentally evaluates the short-term impacts of public per-student subsidies to partnering local entrepreneurs to establish and operate tuition-free, coeducational, private primary schools in educationally underserved villages in Sindh province, Pakistan. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8177 AUG 29, 2017

Barrera-Osorio,Felipe; Blakeslee,David S.; Hoover,Matthew; Linden,Leigh; Raju,Dhushyanth; Ryan,Stephen P. Disclosed

Politics, public works and poverty : evidence from the Bangladesh employment generation programme for the poorest (English)

Public works programs can be effective safety nets if they help allocate resources toward poor households. By setting wages lower than market rates public works programs identify poor households reasonably well. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8178 AUG 29, 2017

Sharif,Iffath Anwar; Ruthbah,Ummul Hasanath Disclosed

The impact of strengthening agricultural extension services : evidence from Ethiopia (English)

This paper evaluates the effect of the Rural Capacity Building Project, which aimed at promoting growth by strengthening the agricultural service systems in Ethiopia and by making them more responsive to smallholders' needs. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8169 AUG 18, 2017

Buehren,Niklas; Goldstein,Markus P.; Molina,Ezequiel; Vaillant,Julia Disclosed

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Water when it counts : reducing scarcity through irrigation monitoring in Central Mozambique (English)
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FEB 20, 2018 WPS8345 Policy Research Working Paper
Cash transfers increase trust in local government (English)
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FEB 12, 2018 WPS8333 Policy Research Working Paper
Using satellite imagery to assess impacts of soil and water conservation measures : evidence from Ethiopia's Tana-Beles Watershed (English)
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JAN 29, 2018 WPS8321 Policy Research Working Paper
The impact of social mobilization on health service delivery and health outcomes : evidence from rural Pakistan (English)
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JAN 23, 2018 WPS8313 Policy Research Working Paper
Preschool and child development under extreme poverty : evidence from a randomized experiment in rural Mozambique (English)
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DEC 22, 2017 WPS8290 Policy Research Working Paper
Increasing the sustainability of rural water service: findings from the impact evaluation baseline survey in Nicaragua (English)
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DEC 19, 2017 WPS8283 Policy Research Working Paper
The profits of wisdom : the impacts of a business support program in Tanzania (English)
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DEC 18, 2017 WPS8279 Policy Research Working Paper
The impact of hurricane strikes on short-term local economic activity : evidence from nightlight images in the Dominican Republic (English)
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DEC 14, 2017 WPS8275 Policy Research Working Paper
Are psychometric tools a viable screening method for small and medium-size enterprise lending ? evidence from Peru (English)
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DEC 14, 2017 WPS8276 Policy Research Working Paper
Teaching with the test : experimental evidence on diagnostic feedback and capacity building for public schools in Argentina (English)
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NOV 28, 2017 WPS8261 Policy Research Working Paper
The impacts of safety nets in Africa : what are we learning ? (English)
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NOV 22, 2017 WPS8255 Policy Research Working Paper
Learning the impact of financial education when take-up is low (English)
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NOV 07, 2017 WPS8238 Policy Research Working Paper
What are the effects of expanding a social pension program on extreme poverty and labor supply ? evidence from Mexico's pension program for the elderly (English)
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OCT 30, 2017 WPS8229 Policy Research Working Paper
Introducing a performance-based school grant in Jakarta : what do we know about its impact after two years ? (English)
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OCT 23, 2017 WPS8223 Policy Research Working Paper
Bridging the intention-behavior gap ? the effect of plan-making prompts on job search and employment (English)
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SEP 06, 2017 WPS8181 Policy Research Working Paper
Labor market discrimination and sorting : evidence from South Africa (English)
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SEP 06, 2017 WPS8180 Policy Research Working Paper
Will elders provide for their grandchildren ?: unconditional cash transfers and educational expenditures in Bolivia (English)
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AUG 29, 2017 WPS8176 Policy Research Working Paper
Delivering education to the underserved through a public-private partnership program in Pakistan (English)
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AUG 29, 2017 WPS8177 Policy Research Working Paper
Politics, public works and poverty : evidence from the Bangladesh employment generation programme for the poorest (English)
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AUG 29, 2017 WPS8178 Policy Research Working Paper
The impact of strengthening agricultural extension services : evidence from Ethiopia (English)
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AUG 18, 2017 WPS8169 Policy Research Working Paper