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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.; Hsiao,Allan Jer-Yu; Andrews,Colin 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,Martin; Burger,Rulof Petrus; Carranza,Eliana; 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

Abel,Martin 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

Looking into the performance-based financing black box: evidence from an impact evaluation in the health sector in Cameroon (English)

Performance-based financing is a complex health system intervention aimed at improving coverage and quality of care. This paper presents the results of an impact evaluation in Cameroon that seeks to isolate the role of specific components of the performance-based financing approach on outcomes of interest, such as explicit financial incentives linked to results, additional resources available at the point of service delivery (not linked to performance), and enhanced supervision, coaching, and monitoring. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8162 AUG 10, 2017

De Walque,Damien B. C. M.; Robyn,Paul Jacob; Saidou,Hamadou; Sorgho,Gaston; Steenland,Maria Ward Disclosed

Through the looking glass: can classroom observation and coaching improve teacher performance in Brazil ? (English)

This study conducted a randomized evaluation of a program in the Brazilian state of Ceara. The program was designed to improve teachers’ effectiveness by increasing their professional interaction and sharing of classroom practice. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8156 JUL 31, 2017

Oliveira Costa,Leandro; Menezes Cunha,Nina; Bruns,Barbara Disclosed

Understanding the impact of windstorms on economic activity from night lights in Central America (English)

Central America is particularly prone to tropical storms and hurricanes. The prevailing conditions of poverty and socioeconomic inequality in most countries of the region make their exposed population especially vulnerable to those adverse natural events. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8124 JUN 27, 2017

Ishizawa Escudero,Oscar Anil; Miranda Montero,Juan Jose; Zhang,Hongrui Disclosed

Full-time teachers, students, and curriculum : the single-shift model in Rio de Janeiro (English)

This paper examines the full-time school program in Rio de Janeiro's municipal schools. The program, called as the "Single-Shift" schools (Turno Unico), extends the time students spend in municipal schools and seeks to improve the quality of education provision by creating a diverse curriculum for the use of the extra time in school. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8086 JUN 05, 2017

Cruz,Tassia De Souza; Loureiro,Andre; Sa,Eduardo Disclosed

Information technology and provision of national identification cards by the Bolivian police : evidence from two randomized natural field experiments (English)

This paper investigates the potential of information technology to improve public service delivery and empower citizens. The investigation uses two randomized natural experiments in the renewal of national identification cards by the Bolivian Police. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8083 JUN 01, 2017

Chong,Alberto; Salas,Gustavo Machicado; Yanez Pagans,Monica Disclosed

Underreporting of gender-based violence in Kerala, India : an application of the list randomization method (English)

This paper analyzes the incidence and extent to which domestic violence and physical harassment on public/private buses is underreported in Kerala, India, using the list randomization technique. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8044 APR 26, 2017

Joseph,George; Javaid,Syed Usman; Andres,Luis Alberto; Chellaraj,Gnanaraj; Solotaroff,Jennifer; Rajan,Sebastian Irudaya Disclosed

Can public works programs reduce youth crime ? evidence from Papua New Guinea's urban youth employment project (English)

Crime rates in Papua New Guinea's capital city of Port Moresby are among the highest in the world. Few youth work, and good jobs are scarce. In 2013, the National Capital District Commission partnered with the World Bank to implement the Urban Youth Employment Project. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8032 APR 18, 2017

Ivaschenko,Oleksiy; Naidoo,Darian; Newhouse,David Locke; Sultan,Sonya M. Disclosed

Relief from usury : impact of a community-based microcredit program in rural India (English)

The impact of micro-credit interventions on existing credit markets is theoretically ambiguous. Previous empirical work suggests the entry of a joint-liability lender may lead to a positive impact on the informal lending rate. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8021 APR 03, 2017

Hoffmann,Vivian; Rao,Vijayendra; Surendra,Vaishnavi; Datta,Upamanyu Disclosed

How effective are active labor market policies in developing countries ? a critical review of recent evidence (English)

Jobs are the number one policy concern of policy makers in many countries. The global financial crisis, rising demographic pressures, high unemployment rates, and concerns over automation all make it seem imperative that policy makers employ increasingly more active labor market policies. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8011 MAR 22, 2017

Mckenzie,David J. Disclosed

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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
Looking into the performance-based financing black box: evidence from an impact evaluation in the health sector in Cameroon (English)
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AUG 10, 2017 WPS8162 Policy Research Working Paper
Through the looking glass: can classroom observation and coaching improve teacher performance in Brazil ? (English)
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JUL 31, 2017 WPS8156 Policy Research Working Paper
Understanding the impact of windstorms on economic activity from night lights in Central America (English)
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JUN 27, 2017 WPS8124 Policy Research Working Paper
Full-time teachers, students, and curriculum : the single-shift model in Rio de Janeiro (English)
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JUN 05, 2017 WPS8086 Policy Research Working Paper
Information technology and provision of national identification cards by the Bolivian police : evidence from two randomized natural field experiments (English)
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JUN 01, 2017 WPS8083 Policy Research Working Paper
Underreporting of gender-based violence in Kerala, India : an application of the list randomization method (English)
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APR 26, 2017 WPS8044 Policy Research Working Paper
Can public works programs reduce youth crime ? evidence from Papua New Guinea's urban youth employment project (English)
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APR 18, 2017 WPS8032 Policy Research Working Paper
Relief from usury : impact of a community-based microcredit program in rural India (English)
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APR 03, 2017 WPS8021 Policy Research Working Paper
How effective are active labor market policies in developing countries ? a critical review of recent evidence (English)
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MAR 22, 2017 WPS8011 Policy Research Working Paper