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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
Michael Callen, Noam Yuchtman, 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
Community-Driven Development in Sierra Leone

Researchers evaluated a community development program in Sierra Leone using a pre-analysis plan to increase transparency.

Researchers
Katherine Casey, Edward Miguel, Rachel Glennerster
Locations
Sierra Leone (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Public Service (Corruption; Civic Engagement); Transparency
Effects of a Conditional Cash Transfer Program on Children's Behavior Problems

Household participation in Mexico's conditional cash transfer (CCT) program, Oportunidades, drove a ten percent decrease in the aggressive and oppositional behavior of poor children.

Researchers
Paul Gertler, Lia Fernald, Emily J. Ozer (School of Public Health et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers); Education & Labor (Early Childhood Development)
The Impacts of Drought Tolerance on Local Labor Markets in India

This project evaluates whether a drought tolerant rice variety – IR64 – affects local labor markets for the landless in India.

Researchers
Methodologies
Experimental Methods
Locations
India (South Asia)
Development Topics
Agriculture (Inputs)