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Crime, Violence, & Conflict

The Role of Emotions on Individuals’ Decisions to Join Armed Groups in Eastern Congo

Raul Sanchez de la Sierra

By leveraging a unique, long-lasting relationship with an armed organization in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the researcher aims to better understand who joins armed organizations and why, as well as the effect of the participation motives on performance inside the group.


Improving the Targeting of Preventive Health Subsidies through Vouchers in Western Kenya

Pascaline Dupas, Michael Kremer , Vivian Hoffman, Alix Peterson Zwane

Increasing access to safe water is important for reducing child morbidity and mortality. Mass distribution of water treatment products can considerably increase access but it is expensive, especially if some of the recipients do not end up using the subsidized products. In Western Kenya, researchers compared three different approaches to subsidizing dilute chlorine solution to treat drinking...

Political Economy & Governance, Health

Motivating Bureaucrats through Performance Recognition in Nigeria

Julian Jamison , Varun Gauri, Nina Mazar, Owen Ozier, Shomikho Raha, Karima Saleh

Researchers introduced a performance recognition system for employees to improve record keeping in clinics in Ekiti and Niger, Nigeria. They found that the performance recognition improved record keeping in Ekiti but not in Niger.

Labor Markets

The Impacts of Job-search Support in Urban Ethiopia

Marcel Fafchamps , Girum Abebe, Stefano Caria, Paolo Falco, Simon Franklin, Simon Quinn

Researchers evaluated and compared the impact of two different job search assistance policies on employment outcomes for young job seekers in Addis Ababa. Helping youth signal their skills to employers improved their earnings and job duration four years later, especially for youth who would usually fare the worst in the labor market.

Finance, Health

The impact of cash transfers, aspirations, and goal-setting on economic outcomes and well-being

Stefan Dercon , Kate Orkin, Robert Garlick, Mahreen Mahmud, Richard Sedlmayr, Johannes Haushofer

Previous research has shown that people living in poverty are more likely to experience psychological constraints, such as lower aspirations, goals, and beliefs about their ability to act effectively, which partly arise from the difficulties of living in extreme poverty. Researchers are partnering with GiveDirectly to conduct a randomized evaluation of the impact of unconditional cash transfers...

Finance, Education

High Hopes: Saving for High School with a Mobile-Money Lock-Box in Kenya

In Kenya, researchers partnered with a telecom operator to evaluate the impact of a commitment savings account on account usage, savings and loans, and school enrollment. The study found that many parents used the accounts and that among those who took up the account, total financial savings increased by three to four times. Parents who saved were also 18-24 percentage points more likely to...