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Farmer Decision-Making and Technology Experimentation in Indonesia

Rema Hanna, Sendhil Mullainathan , Joshua Schwartzstein

Providing farmers with data on previously unnoticed factors affecting their crop yields can help them adopt optimal agricultural practices.

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Effectively Targeting Anti-Poverty Programs in Indonesia

Abhijit Banerjee, Benjamin A. Olken, Rema Hanna , Vivi Alatas, Julia Tobias

Researchers in Indonesia compared the effectiveness of two methods of identifying the poor: a community method where villagers ranked households according to perceived wealth, and a proxy-means test which relied on measures of consumption and assets. The community methods of selecting who qualified for the cash transfer program were less accurate than proxy-means tests overall, but they greatly...


Financial Literacy, Access to Finance and the Effect of Being Banked in Indonesia

Shawn Cole , Thomas Sampson, Bilal Zia

Researchers worked with Bank Rakyat Indonesia and the Microfinance Innovation Center for Resources and Alternatives to measure the impact of incentives and financial education on savings account take-up. Results indicated that the financial education program was not an effective tool for promoting the use of bank accounts, but that modest financial subsidies did increase the share of households...


Enabling Young Readers: A Primary School Reading Program in the Philippines

Leigh Linden , Ama Baafra Abeberese, Todd Kumler

Researchers evaluated a 31-day read-a-thon where students were encouraged to read as many books as possible through daily reading activities in school, such as storytelling sessions, reading games, and posters that display each class’s progress. Overall, the results suggest that encouraging an increased use of age appropriate reading materials by students was a viable strategy for improving...