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Labor and Welfare Impacts of a Large-Scale Livelihoods Program : Quasi-Experimental Evidence from India (English)

Improving the livelihoods of poor households and transitioning more women back to the labor force is a major challenge in South Asia. Self-employment promoted through women's groups has often been cited as a promising intervention towards this end. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8883 JUN 11, 2019

Pandey,Vivek; Gupta,Abhishek; Gupta,Shivani Disclosed

No Household Left Behind : Afghanistan Targeting the Ultra Poor Impact Evaluation (English)

The share of people living in extreme poverty fell from 36 percent in 1990 to 10 percent in 2015 but has continued to increase in many fragile and conflict-affected areas where half of the extreme poor are expected to reside by 2030. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8877 JUN 10, 2019

Bedoya Arguelles,Guadalupe; Coville,Aidan; Haushofer,Johannes; Isaqzadeh,Mohammad Razaq; Shapiro,Jeremy Disclosed

Improving Management with Individual and Group-Based Consulting : Results from a Randomized Experiment in Colombia (English)

Differences in management quality are an important contributor to productivity differences across countries. A key question is how to best improve poor management in developing countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8854 MAY 15, 2019

Iacovone,Leonardo; Maloney,William F.; Mckenzie,David J. Disclosed

The Economic Lives of Young Women in the Time of Ebola : Lessons from an Empowerment Program (English)

This paper evaluates an intervention to raise young women's economic empowerment in Sierra Leone, where women frequently experience sexual violence and face multiple economic disadvantages. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8760 FEB 28, 2019

Bandiera,Oriana; Buehren,Niklas; Goldstein,Markus P.; Rasul,Imran; Smurra,Andrea Disclosed

How Household Characteristics Shape Program Access and Asset Accumulation : A Mixed Method Analysis of the Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme in Rwanda (English)

This paper assesses how household context and characteristics shape the welfare trajectory and more specifically the accumulation of productive assets among beneficiaries of the Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme in Rwanda, the government's flagship social assistance program. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8759 FEB 27, 2019

Gatzinsi,Justine; Hartwig,Renate Sieglinde; Mossman,Lindsay Suzanne; Francoise,Umutoni Marie; Roberte,Isimbi; Rawlings,Laura B. Disclosed

Parental Beliefs, Investments, and Child Development : Evidence from a Large-Scale Experiment (English)

This paper experimentally evaluates a large-scale and low-cost parenting program targeting poor families in Chile. Households in 162 public health centers were randomly assigned to three groups: a control group, a second group that was offered eight weekly group parenting sessions, and a third group that was offered the same eight group sessions plus two sessions of guided interactions between parents and children focused on responsive play and dialogic reading. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8743 FEB 14, 2019

Amaro Da Costa Luz Carneiro,Pedro Manuel; Galasso,Emanuela; Lopez Garcia,Italo Xavier; Bedregal,Paula; Cordero,Miguel Disclosed

Enforcing Competition and Firm Productivity : Evidence from 1,800 Peruvian Municipalities (English)

This paper uses a unique data set that captures the elimination of subnational regulatory barriers to firm entry and competition across 1,800 municipalities and matches it with establishment census panel data to estimate the impact on establishment productivity and markups. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8714 JAN 22, 2019

Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias; Sampi Bravo,James Robert Ezequiel Disclosed

Can Environmental Cash Transfers Reduce Deforestation and Improve Social Outcomes ? A Regression Discontinuity Analysis of Mexico’s National Program (2011-2014) (English)

Environmental conditional cash transfers, or "payments for ecosystem services" are a centerpiece of global efforts to protect biodiversity, safeguard watersheds, and mitigate climate change by reducing forest loss. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8707 JAN 17, 2019

Alix-Garcia,Jennifer M.; Sims,Katharine R. Emans; Orozco Olvera,Victor Hugo; Costica,Laura Elena; Fernandez Medina.Jorge David; Romo-Monroy,Sofia; Pagiola,Stefano P. Disclosed

Re-Kindling Learning : eReaders in Lagos (English)

Empirical literature on digital technologies for student learning is generally unable to identify separately whether learning gains arise from reciprocity in response to the gift of a valuable gadget (the 'gadget effect') or from increasing exposure to relevant materials (the 'content effect'). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8665 DEC 06, 2018

Habyarimana,James Paul; Sabarwal,Shwetlena Disclosed

The Limits of Commitment: Who Benefits from Illiquid Savings Products? (English)

Working with a private bank in Ghana, this study examines the impacts of a commitment savings product designed to help clients taking repeated overdrafts break their debt cycles. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8633 OCT 31, 2018

Buehren,Niklas; Goldstein,Markus P.; Klapper,Leora; Koroknay-Palicz,Tricia; Schaner,Simone Gabrielle Disclosed

How Should the Government Bring Small Firms into the Formal System ? Experimental Evidence from Malawi (English)

Developing country governments seek to reduce the pervasive informality of firms for multiple reasons: increasing the tax base, helping firms access formal markets and grow, increasing the rule of law, and as a means to obtain data that can be used for other government functions. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8601 OCT 04, 2018

Campos,Francisco Moraes Leitao; Goldstein,Markus P.; Mckenzie,David J. Disclosed

Comparison of Deep Regional Integration in the Melitz, Krugman and Armington Models : The Case of The Philippines in RCEP (English)

This paper estimates the impacts on The Philippines of deep integration in a modern mega-preferential trade agreement, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8587 SEP 17, 2018

Balistreri,Edward Jay; Tarr,David G. Disclosed

Long-term impacts of alternative approaches to increase schooling : evidence from a scholarship program in Cambodia (English)

This paper reports on a randomized experiment to investigate the long-term effects of a primary school scholarship program in rural Cambodia. In 2008, fourth-grade students in 207 randomly assigned schools (103 treatment, 104 control) received scholarships based on the students' academic performance in math and language or their level of poverty. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8566 AUG 23, 2018

Barrera-Osorio,Felipe; De Barros,Andreas; Filmer,Deon P. Disclosed

Upping the ante: the equilibrium effects of unconditional grants to private schools (English)

This paper tests for financial constraints as a market failure in education in a low-income country. In an experimental setup, unconditional cash grants are allocated to one private school or all private schools in a village. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8563 AUG 21, 2018

Andrabi,Tahir; Das,Jishnu; Khwaja,Asim Ijaz; Ozyurt,Selcuk; Singh,Niharika Disclosed

Can government intervention make firms more investment-ready ? a randomized experiment in the Western Balkans (English)

Many innovative start-ups and small and medium-size enterprises have good ideas, but do not have these ideas fine-tuned to the stage where they can attract outside funding. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8541 AUG 06, 2018

Cusolito,Ana Paula; Dautovic,Ernest; Mckenzie,David J. Disclosed

Technology, taxation, and corruption: evidence from the introduction of electronic tax filing (English)

Many e-government initiatives introduce technology to improve efficiency and avoid potential human bias. Electronic tax filing (e-filing) is an important example, as developing countries increasingly adopt online submission of tax declarations to replace in-person submission to tax officials. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8452 MAY 22, 2018

Okunogbe,Oyebola Motunrayo; Pouliquen,Victor Maurice Joseph Disclosed

Social accountability and service delivery : experimental evidence from Uganda (English)

Corruption and mismanagement of public resources can affect the quality of government services and undermine growth. Can citizens in poor communities be empowered to demand better-quality public investments? ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8449 MAY 21, 2018

Fiala,Nathan V.; Premand,Patrick Disclosed

School costs, short-run participation, and long-run outcomes : evidence from Kenya (English)

Access to school has risen dramatically in recent decades, with large gains from reducing costs. Few studies report long-term impacts, however. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8421 APR 30, 2018

Evans,David; Ngatia,Irene Muthoni Disclosed

Banking with agents : experimental evidence from Senegal (English)

This paper uses a randomized controlled trial to study the effects of access to agent banking. Individuals were encouraged to open an account and transact at a banking agent or a branch of a financial institution. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8417 APR 19, 2018

Buri,Sinja; Cull,Robert J.; Gine,Xavier; Harten,Sven; Heitmann,Soren Disclosed

Peacekeeping and development in fragile states : micro-level evidence from Liberia (English)

Using surveys and administrative data from post-war Liberia, the hypothesis that peacekeeping deployments build peace "from the bottom up" through contributions to local security and local economic and social vitality was tested. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8389 MAR 29, 2018

Mvukiyehe,Eric Disclosed

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Labor and Welfare Impacts of a Large-Scale Livelihoods Program : Quasi-Experimental Evidence from India (English)
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JUN 11, 2019 WPS8883 Policy Research Working Paper
No Household Left Behind : Afghanistan Targeting the Ultra Poor Impact Evaluation (English)
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JUN 10, 2019 WPS8877 Policy Research Working Paper
Improving Management with Individual and Group-Based Consulting : Results from a Randomized Experiment in Colombia (English)
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MAY 15, 2019 WPS8854 Policy Research Working Paper
The Economic Lives of Young Women in the Time of Ebola : Lessons from an Empowerment Program (English)
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FEB 28, 2019 WPS8760 Policy Research Working Paper
How Household Characteristics Shape Program Access and Asset Accumulation : A Mixed Method Analysis of the Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme in Rwanda (English)
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FEB 27, 2019 WPS8759 Policy Research Working Paper
Parental Beliefs, Investments, and Child Development : Evidence from a Large-Scale Experiment (English)
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FEB 14, 2019 WPS8743 Policy Research Working Paper
Enforcing Competition and Firm Productivity : Evidence from 1,800 Peruvian Municipalities (English)
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JAN 22, 2019 WPS8714 Policy Research Working Paper
Can Environmental Cash Transfers Reduce Deforestation and Improve Social Outcomes ? A Regression Discontinuity Analysis of Mexico’s National Program (2011-2014) (English)
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JAN 17, 2019 WPS8707 Policy Research Working Paper
Re-Kindling Learning : eReaders in Lagos (English)
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DEC 06, 2018 WPS8665 Policy Research Working Paper
The Limits of Commitment: Who Benefits from Illiquid Savings Products? (English)
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OCT 31, 2018 WPS8633 Policy Research Working Paper
How Should the Government Bring Small Firms into the Formal System ? Experimental Evidence from Malawi (English)
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OCT 04, 2018 WPS8601 Policy Research Working Paper
Comparison of Deep Regional Integration in the Melitz, Krugman and Armington Models : The Case of The Philippines in RCEP (English)
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SEP 17, 2018 WPS8587 Policy Research Working Paper
Long-term impacts of alternative approaches to increase schooling : evidence from a scholarship program in Cambodia (English)
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AUG 23, 2018 WPS8566 Policy Research Working Paper
Upping the ante: the equilibrium effects of unconditional grants to private schools (English)
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AUG 21, 2018 WPS8563 Policy Research Working Paper
Can government intervention make firms more investment-ready ? a randomized experiment in the Western Balkans (English)
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AUG 06, 2018 WPS8541 Policy Research Working Paper
Technology, taxation, and corruption: evidence from the introduction of electronic tax filing (English)
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MAY 22, 2018 WPS8452 Policy Research Working Paper
Social accountability and service delivery : experimental evidence from Uganda (English)
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MAY 21, 2018 WPS8449 Policy Research Working Paper
School costs, short-run participation, and long-run outcomes : evidence from Kenya (English)
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APR 30, 2018 WPS8421 Policy Research Working Paper
Banking with agents : experimental evidence from Senegal (English)
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APR 19, 2018 WPS8417 Policy Research Working Paper
Peacekeeping and development in fragile states : micro-level evidence from Liberia (English)
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MAR 29, 2018 WPS8389 Policy Research Working Paper