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Community-Driven Development in Sierra Leone

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

Researchers
Edward Miguel, Katherine Casey, 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
Lia Fernald, Paul Gertler, 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)
Source Dispensers and Home Delivery of Chlorine in Kenya

Researchers study the impact of factors including price, persuasion, promotion, and the chlorination products themselves on chlorinated water usage in rural Kenya.

Researchers
Edward Miguel, Sendhil Mullainathan, Michael Kremer et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Development Topics
Health (WASH)
Impact of Computers on the Achievement of Low-income Children

Researchers employ randomized evaluation methods to assess the impact of home computer use on students' academic achievement.

Researchers
Jonathan Robinson, Robert Fairlie
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
United States of America
Development Topics
Education & Labor; Technology & Infrastructure
Mobile-izing Savings: Defined-Contribution Savings on a Mobile Money Platform

Researchers are partnering with a mobile money provider to see if offering employees the opportunity to automatically contribute a portion of their paycheck increases their long-term savings.

Researchers
Michael Callen, Joshua Blumenstock, Michael Callen et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Financial Services); Technology & Infrastructure (Information & Communications Technology)
Comparing Free Provision of Deworming Drugs and Other Approaches in Kenya

Researchers evaluate the uptake of deworming treatments by children in Kenya by varying the cost of treatment.

Researchers
Edward Miguel, Michael Kremer
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Kenya (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Health
HIV/AIDS Prevention Through Relative Risk Information for Teen Girls in Kenya

This study explores how to reduce the incidence of HIV through the distribution of relative risk information, through videos and group discussion, to teenage girls.

Researchers
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Kenya (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Health (Infectious & Communicable Diseases)
Maize storage, credit, and price arbitrage in Kenya

Researchers study the impact of grain storage on seasonal price variation of maize and farmer welfare in Kenya.

Researchers
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Kenya (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers; Agriculture
Job Networks and Gender in Malawi

Researchers examined how informal job referral systems affect labor market participation for women and found that informal referral schemes systematically disadvantaged qualified women.

Researchers
Jeremy Magruder, Lori Beaman, Niall Keleher
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Malawi (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Coordinating Seed Exchange to Overcome Network Failures

Researchers test whether coordinated seed exchanges increase uptake of stress-tolerant seeds in India relative to diffusion through farmers' social networks.

Researchers
Alain de Janvry, Elisabeth Sadoulet, Kyle Emerick et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
India (South Asia)
Development Topics
Agriculture
Ethnic Quotas and Political Mobilization: Caste, Parties and Distribution in Indian Village Councils

Quotas for government address inequality by guaranteeing representation for marginalized groups but other incentives can mitigate their redistributive impact, limiting their effectiveness.

Researchers
Thad Dunning, Janhavi Nilekani, Harvard University
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods, Regression Discontinuity
Locations
India (South Asia)
Development Topics
Public Service