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The Effects of Conditional Cash Transfers on BMI and Blood Pressure in Adults

Evidence suggests conditional cash transfers may negatively affect adult BMI and blood pressure.

Researchers
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Mexico (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Health; Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers)
Bt cotton and pesticide use in Argentina: economic and environmental effects

Bt cotton, a genetically modified crop, reduces the use of highly toxic pesticides and increases farmers’ crop yields in Argentina.

Researchers
Alain de Janvry, Matin Qaim
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods, - Multivariate Regression, - Instrumental Variables
Locations
Argentina (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Agriculture (Inputs); Climate & Environment
Local Electoral Incentives and Decentralized Program Performance

A decentralized cash transfer program in Brazil to reduce school drop-out rates achieved greater impact in cities where voters were able to use election incentives to hold the mayor accountable.

Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
Brazil (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers; Subsidies); Public Service (Civic Engagement); Education & Labor
Who’s Getting Globalized? The Size and Implications of Intra-national Trade Costs

Developing countries, especially those in Sub-Saharan Africa, face significantly higher intra-national trade costs than the United States, limiting the benefits of globalization.

Researchers
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
Ethiopia, Nigeria (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Technology & Infrastructure
The Impact of Minimum Wages on Demand-Driven Development

Contrary to standard economic theory, higher minimum wage requirements led to increased formal sector employment through demand-driven development.

Researchers
Methodologies
- Difference-in-Differences, - Multivariate Regression
Locations
Indonesia (Southeast Asia)
Development Topics
Education & Labor (Employment); Public Service (Private Sector)
Selective Trials for Agricultural Technology Adoption

This study aims to determine whether it is possible to identify farmers more likely to experiment with new technology and if it increases adoption rates across farms.

Researchers
Locations
Kenya (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Agriculture
Identifying Gazelles among Micro and Small Enterprises in Ghana

This study tests different methods of identifying microenterprises with high growth potential.

Researchers
Marcel Fafchamps, Chris Woodruff
Methodologies
Experimental Methods
Locations
Ghana (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Financial Services); Public Service (Private Sector)
The Impact of Exporting: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Egypt

This study evaluates a program that seeks to improve market access by matching Egyptian carpet making SMEs with buyers in western markets.

Researchers
Amit Khandelwal, Adam Osman
Locations
Egypt (Middle East and North Africa)
Development Topics
Public Service (Private Sector)
Social Network Structure and Community-Based Targeting in Indonesia

In this study, researchers develop and test a model that uses a community’s social network characteristics to predict how accurately that community can identify

Researchers
Arun Chandrasekhar, Vivi Alatas, Abhijit Banerjee et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation, - Multivariate Regression
Locations
Indonesia (Southeast Asia)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers); Public Service (Civic Engagement)
Do Foreign Supermarkets Improve Household Welfare in Developing Countries?

Analysis of micro-data in Mexico during rapid expansion of foreign supermarkets reveals significant increases in household welfare, primarily due to a reduction in household cost of living.

Researchers
Benjamin Faber, Marco Gonzalez-Navarro
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
Mexico (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Public Service (Private Sector)
Long-term Diffusion and Impact of Flood-tolerant Rice

This study measures the diffusion of Swarna-Sub1, a flood tolerant rice variety, and its long-term effects on cultivation practices, farmer welfare, and the local economy.

Researchers
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
India (South Asia)
Development Topics
Agriculture (Inputs)
The Effects of Nurse Absenteeism on Health Outcomes for Pregnant Women with HIV

In Kenya, health worker absenteeism negatively affects women’s reproductive and maternal health outcomes.

Researchers
Josh Graff Zivin, Markus Goldstein, James Habyarimana et al.
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
Kenya (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Health (Maternal & Infant Health; Child Health)