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Education, Political Economy & Governance

Can Informational Campaigns Raise Awareness and Local Participation in Primary Education in India?

Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Rachel Glennerster , Rukmini Banerji, Stuti Khemani

Researchers examined whether increasing community oversight and participation could improve education outcomes in Uttar Pradesh, India. Mobilizing community members to monitor local schools through Village Education Committees did not increase participation in school governance or improve education outcomes, but training local volunteers to teach basic reading outside school had a positive impact...

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Finance, Gender

Measuring the Impact of Microfinance in Hyderabad, India

Researchers evaluated the impact of increased access to microcredit on the economic and social well-being of women and their families in Hyderabad, India. They found that microcredit had mixed effects on business activities and little to no effect on women’s empowerment or children’s education.

Finance, Political Economy & Governance, Gender

The Impacts of Community-Driven Development in Sierra Leone

Researchers evaluated the impact of a community-driven development program in Sierra Leone designed to establish more inclusive and accountable local decision-making infrastructure by providing villages with small development grants to be allocated by village committees. Results demonstrated the program successfully established village-level organizations and tools to manage development projects...

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The Impact of Microcredit in Rural Morocco

Researchers estimated the impact of a microcredit program, which was randomly rolled out in rural areas of Morocco. Microcredit access led to a significant rise in investment in assets used for self-employment activities, and an increase in profit, but also to a reduction in income from casual labor. Overall, there was no gain in income or consumption.

Political Economy & Governance, Finance

Effect of Matching Ratios on Charitable Giving in the United States

Dean Karlan , John A. List

This study explored the importance of price on charitable giving by randomly varying the rates of matching gifts and measuring the subsequent effect on donations. Researchers found that matching gifts were an effective fundraising tactic, increasing the likelihood of donation and total donations, but larger match ratios did not return more donations than smaller match ratio.

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Education, Health, Political Economy & Governance

Project Generasi: Conditional Community Block Grants in Indonesia

Benjamin A. Olken , Junko Onishi, Susan Wong

Community block grants improved health and education in Indonesian villages, and adding performance incentives sped up improvements in health.