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Social Networks and the Decision to Insure

The diffusion of knowledge through farmers’ social networks increased the uptake of weather insurance products in China.

Researchers
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
China (East Asia and the Pacific)
Development Topics
Agriculture
Impact of Provider Performance Incentives on HIV/AIDS Services

This study tests the impact of performance incentives for health service providers on quality of care and health outcomes of HIV/AIDS patients in Rwanda.

Researchers
Paul Gertler, Jeanine Condo
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
Rwanda (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Health (Infectious & Communicable Diseases); Global Networks
Incentives and Savings Habits Among Ethiopian Micro-entrepreneurs

This study evaluates the relative impact of financial incentives, interacted with learning about one’s ability to plan, on encouraging savings habits among micro-entrepreneurs in Addis Ababa.

Researchers
Jonathan Robinson, Alebel Bayrau Weldesilassie, Brian Giera
Methodologies
Experimental Methods
Locations
Ethiopia (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Financial Services); Global Networks
Indirectly Measuring Political Attitudes in Pakistan

Researchers develop and evaluate a novel method of measuring preferences through a randomized experiment in Pakistan designed to understand the expression of anti-American attitudes.

Researchers
Noam Yuchtman, Michael Callen, Michael Callen et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Pakistan (South Asia)
Development Topics
Public Service (Conflict)
Unlocking the door to migration: BRAC's migrant loan program

This study examines the impact of migrant-oriented loans and information opportunities on migration outcomes in Bangladesh.

Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
Bangladesh (South Asia)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Financial Services); Education & Labor (Employment); Global Networks
Impact Evaluation of BRAC's Targeting the Ultra-Poor Program in South Sudan

This study explores the potential and necessary costs of initiating a successful targeting the ultra-poor asset transfer program in the South Sudan.

Researchers
Ethan Ligon, Elliot Collins, Reajul Chowdhury
Methodologies
Experimental Methods
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers; In-Kind Transfers); Global Networks
Adoption of Insecticide Treated Bednets Among Poor Households in Orissa, India

Providing microloans to purchase bednets increased bednet ownership and use, though not as much as providing nets for free.

Researchers
Aprajit Mahajan, Brian Blackburn, Joanne Yoong et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods
Development Topics
Health; Finance & Cash Transfers (Financial Services)
Does Information Lead to More Active Citizenship?

Researchers find no impact of the Uwezo educational program on citizen action, and define a framework of factors that influence active citizenship.

Researchers
Dan Posner, Evan Lieberman, Lily Tsai
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods, - Statistical Matching
Development Topics
Education & Labor (Primary & Secondary Education); Public Service (Civic Engagement)
Impact of Management Consulting on Firm Productivity in India

Adopting management practices based on free consulting advice significantly raised productivity in Indian textile firms within a year through improved quality and efficiency.

Researchers
Aprajit Mahajan, Nicholas Bloom, Ben Eifert et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Development Topics
Public Service (Private Sector)
Institutional Corruption and Electoral Fraud: Evidence from Afghanistan

This study explores the effects of photo monitoring and political networks on vote tally fraud in Afghanistan.

Researchers
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Development Topics
Public Service (Corruption)
The Impact of Community Monitors on Savings

This randomized study examines how monitors and their relation to local social networks can improve household savings.

Researchers
Arun Chandrasekhar, Emily Breza
Methodologies
Experimental Methods
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Subsidies)
A Randomized Controlled Trial for Smoking Cessation in Thailand

Researchers tested the effects of a smoking cessation program that combined a voluntary commitment contract and social pressure.

Researchers
William Dow, Justin S White, Suthat Rungruanghiranya
Methodologies
Experimental Methods
Development Topics
Health; Finance & Cash Transfers