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Search our database of 1,001 randomized evaluations conducted by our affiliates in 84 countries. To browse summaries of key policy recommendations from a subset of these evaluations, visit the Policy Publications tab.

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Finance

Marketing Effects in a Consumer Credit Market in South Africa (Pricing the Effect of Psychological "Features")

Working closely with a highly profitable consumer lender in South Africa, researchers sought to determine the effects of advertising content, price, and offer deadlines on loan take up. They found the marketing had significant effects on loan take up, but not on loan amount or default rates. Clients demonstrated the strongest responses to the non-price components of loan offers.

Finance, Labor Markets, Gender

Business Education for Microcredit Clients in Peru

Dean Karlan , Martin Valdivia

Researchers worked in Peru to measure the marginal impact of adding business training to a group lending program. The results of this study found business training slightly improved business practices, but had no impact on key business outcomes such as revenue and profit.

Woman using ATM in the Philippines

Finance, Labor Markets, Gender

Commitment Savings Products in the Philippines

Researchers designed and implemented a commitment savings product called a SEED (Save, Earn, Enjoy Deposits) account, which restricted access to savings, thus potentially helping with either self-control or family-control issues. After one year, the commitment savings product led to increased savings and more decision making power in the household for women.

Two men with cart pulled by donkey

Agriculture, Finance

Finding Missing Markets: An Agricultural Brokerage Intervention in Kenya

Dean Karlan, Nava Ashraf , Xavier Giné

Smallholder Kenyan farmers export more crops with credit and coordination services, but incomes do not significantly improve.

Education, Health

Primary School Deworming in Kenya

Researchers evaluated a mass school-based deworming program in Western Kenya, and found that deworming substantially improved health and school participation of treated children, as well as of untreated children in both treatment schools and neighboring schools. The program reduced school absenteeism by more than one-quarter, and was far cheaper than alternative ways of boosting school...

A teacher writes on chalk board in Kenya.

Education

Flipcharts, School Inputs and Retrospective versus Prospective Analyses in Kenya

Michael Kremer, Paul Glewwe , Sylvie Moulin, Eric Zitzewitz

Evidence from Kenyan primary schools suggests that retrospective studies may seriously overestimate the impact of school inputs such as visual flipcharts on learning.

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