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Examining employer race-based discrimination before and after Ban the Box

Sonja Starr
To better understand the connection between BTB policies and racial discrimination in hiring, researchers tested the impact of applicant race and criminal history on hiring decisions both before and after BTB policies came into effect in New Jersey and New York City. The results confirmed that...

Commitment Contracts for Smoking Cessation in the United States

Daren Anderson
Amanda Kowalski
Jody Sindelar
This study will examine whether a combination of positive and negative commitment devices can induce long-term smoking cessation in smokers from a low-to-moderate income background in Connecticut.

The Effect of Behavioral Nudges via Mailed Letters on Subsidized Health Insurance Take-up

Timothy Layton
Keith Ericson
This study will examine the impact of different reminder letters sent by mail (behavioral nudges) on enrollment in subsidized health insurance plans. The study will also examine the characteristics of the marginal enrollees, focusing especially on health risk to assess the extent of adverse...

The Market for Local Agricultural Information in Western Kenya

This study in Western Kenya will test for failures in the market for local agricultural information and measure the impact of disseminating local information on farmers’ decisions to invest in agricultural inputs.

Sending Reminders to Improve Tax Filing Decisions Among Low-Income Individuals in the United States

John Guyton
Brenda Schafer
Michael Sebastiani
Pat Langetieg
Mark Payne
This study examines how reminders to file taxes affect tax filing decisions among low-income individuals who did not appear on a filed tax return. The results of two randomized evaluations demonstrate that one-time reminders increase tax filing—both to claim tax refunds as well as to voluntarily pay...

Encouraging Savings through SMS Messages in the Dominican Republic

Aaron Dibner-Dunlap
There is a growing body of evidence on the efficacy of SMS reminders to encourage banking clients to save more. Researchers in the Dominican Republic partnered with savings and credit institution Banco Unión to conduct two randomized evaluations of tailored SMS reminders.

Computer-Assisted Learning Project with Pratham in India

There are major concerns about the quality of public education in developing countries—with achievement surveys indicating low levels of learning even for children who have attended school regularly for many years. In Vadodora, India, researchers studied the impact of supplementing classroom...

Video-Based and In-person Extension Services to Increase Agricultural Technology Adoption in Ethiopia

Denise Hörner
Adrien Bougen
Meike Wollni
The slow adoption of new agricultural technologies is an important factor in explaining persistent productivity deficits among smallholders in Sub-Saharan Africa. Researchers randomly evaluated the effects of a decentralized extension program and an additional video-based information campaign on...