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The Role of Financial Incentives in Recruiting Public Sector Employees

This study analyzes the applicant pool of the Mexican Regional Development Program to evaluate the impact of financial incentives in attracting qualified applicants to the public sector.

Researchers
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Mexico (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Public Service; Education & Labor (Employment)
Empowering Parents to Improve Education Quality in Rural Mexico

This study evaluates the impact of the Mexican government's National Council of Education Development on student learning in rural Mexico by facilitating parent involvement in their child's education.

Researchers
Paul Gertler, Harry Anthony Patrinos, Eduardo Rodríguez-Oreggia
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Mexico (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Education & Labor (Primary & Secondary Education)
Cash for Coolers: Evaluating the Impact of an Appliance Replacement Program in Mexico

A program replacing appliances with energy-efficient models showed lowered energy consumption from refrigeration but increased energy usage by air conditioners, and was found to be cost-inefficient.

Researchers
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods, Difference-in-Differences
Locations
Mexico (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Climate & Environment (Energy); Finance & Cash Transfers
Using Smartphones to Reduce Electoral Fraud in Afghanistan and Uganda

Smartphone photographs of electoral results at local polling stations resulted in significant decreases in electoral fraud in both Afghanistan and Uganda.

Researchers
Clark Gibson, Danielle Jung, James D. Long
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Afghanistan (South Asia); Uganda (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Technology & Infrastructure (Information & Communications Technology); Public Service (Corruption)
Development Aid and Social Cohesion after Civil War in Liberia

Villages that participated in a community-driven reconstruction program had higher subsequent levels of social cohesion, as demonstrated by a community-wide public goods game in post-conflict Liberia.

Researchers
Jeremy Weinstein, James Fearon, Macartan Humphreys
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Liberia (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Public Service (Conflict; Civic Engagement)
Evaluating the Impact of Flood-Resistant Rice on Fertilizer Use and Crop Yield in India

This study evaluates the impact of adoption flood-resistant rice on crop yield and use of more productive inputs due to risk reduction.

Researchers
Alain de Janvry, Elisabeth Sadoulet, Kyle Emerick et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
India (South Asia)
Development Topics
Agriculture (Inputs); Climate & Environment
Influences on Investments in Preventative Health Products in Kenya

While providing liquidity and targeting women can increase demand for preventative health products, price has the greatest impact on people's decision to purchase.

Researchers
Jonathan Robinson, Jennifer Meredith, Sarah Walker et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Kenya (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers; Health (Maternal & Infant Health; Child Health)
The Demand for Conditional versus Unconditional Cash Transfers for School Attendance in the Brazilian Favelas

A study on demand for conditionality in a Brazilian cash transfer program revealed that parents are willing to pay for conditionality to monitor their children's school attendance.

Researchers
Lucas C. Coffman
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Brazil (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers); Education & Labor (Primary & Secondary Education)
Conditional Cash Transfers and Early Childhood Development in Mexico

Cash transfers administered under the Oportunidades program in Mexico were associated with significant improvements in nutritional outcomes and motor and cognitive development for young children.

Researchers
Lia Fernald, Paul Gertler, Lynette Neufeld (Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Mexico (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Health (Child Health); Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers); Education & Labor (Early Childhood Development)
Teacher Performance Pay in Andhra Pradesh, India

A randomized evaluation of performance-based pay for teachers in rural primary schools in Andhra Pradesh, India showed significantly improved learning outcomes for students in the incentive schools.

Researchers
Karthik Muralidharan, Venkatesh Sundararaman
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, Randomized Evaluation
Locations
India (South Asia)
Development Topics
Education & Labor (Primary & Secondary Education)
Preventing HIV and Teen Pregnancy in Kenya Through Teacher Training and Subsidies

Providing free uniforms to girls and training teachers in Kenya on how to implement HIV/AIDS curriculum reduced drop-out rates and teenage pregnancy.

Researchers
Pascaline Dupas, Esther Duflo (M.I.T), Michael Kremer et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Kenya (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Subsidies; In-Kind Transfers); Health (Reproductive Health & Family Planning; Infectious & Communicable Diseases; Child Health); Education & Labor (Primary & Secondary Education)
Antiretroviral Treatment and Household Tasks in Kenya

ARV treatment in Kenya reduced adult female patients' time spent seeking treatment and increased their time available for household tasks.It also reduced the burden of household tasks on children.

Researchers
Josh Graff Zivin, Giovanna d'Adda, Markus Goldstein et al.
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
Kenya (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Health (Infectious & Communicable Diseases)