A new hub for data in randomized evaluations

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Hasina Badani
Pam Kingpetcharat
Karl Rubio

Today, J-PAL and IPA are excited to announce the creation of the new Datahub for Field Experiments in Economics and Public Policy. With this new dataverse, we will be housing all datasets published on The Dataverse Project by our respective organizations in one centralized location. 

Our organizations have made impressive strides in recent years in publishing data: we have made available more than 140 datasets from studies about poverty and development conducted by our researchers around the world. This joint effort will bring together our two dataverses. In doing so, we aim to facilitate the search and discovery of new and existing datasets pertaining to field experiments carried out by our organizations and affiliated researchers. 

This dataverse will strengthen IPA and J-PAL’s commitment to research transparency, specifically data publication, and facilitate the reuse of research data. It will also enable us to increase our efforts in building more consistent and robust metadata. The dataverse is open to J-PAL/IPA partner organizations interested in joining and supporting further expansion of these efforts.

Anyone can visit the Datahub to search for and download existing datasets to support their own research or replicate existing research. Most datasets include original data from the study; programming code written to run the analysis; instructional documentation on the data, code, and variables; and the survey documents used to collect the data. We outlined a few reasons why researchers should publish their data in a previous blog post earlier this year.

Some examples of published data include:

Recently published

Most downloaded

  • The Diffusion of Microfinance. A dataset containing information on the demographic and social network in 43 villages from 2006 to 2007 in South India before and after an introduction of microfinance. The code is used to answer how participation in a microfinance program diffuses through social networks.

  • Measuring the Impact of Microfinance in Hyderabad, India. A dataset that provides information on 2,800 households living in slums in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh from 2005 to 2007. Information was collected on household composition, education, employment, asset ownership, decision-making, expenditure, borrowing, saving, and any businesses currently operated by the household or stopped within the last year.

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Posted by James Turitto, Hasina Badani, Research Manager, Innovations for Poverty Action, Pam Kingpetcharat, Chief Information Officer, Innovations for Poverty Action, and Karl Rubio, former Research Associate, J-PAL.