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Search our database of 920 randomized evaluations conducted by our affiliates in 81 countries. To browse summaries of key policy recommendations from a subset of these evaluations, visit the Policy Publications tab.

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Education, Gender

Menstruation and Education in Nepal

Rebecca Thornton , Emily Oster

Researchers introduced a convenient and hygienic sanitary product, reusable menstrual cups, to Nepalese girls in the seventh and eighth grades. Their evaluation addressed several questions: Is menstruation as large a barrier to education as many believe? Does switching to modern sanitary products increase attendance and school performance among girls? Results showed that girls in Nepal missed...

Girls who scored in the top 15 percent on tests received merit-based scholarships, Kenya.

Education, Gender

Incentives to Learn: A Merit-Based Girls' Scholarship Program in Kenya

Approximately 85 percent of primary school age children in western Kenya are enrolled in school, but only about one-third of students finish primary school. Dropout rates are typically higher for girls; in 2001 the 6th grade dropout rate was 10 percent for girls and 7 percent for boys among students in this study’s comparison schools at baseline. This project was introduced in part to assist...

Teenage school girls participate in an HIV/AIDS prevention program in Kenya.

Education, Health, Gender

HIV/AIDS Prevention Through Relative Risk Information for Teenage Girls in Kenya

Information about the relative risks of having sexual relations with older men is an effective way of discouraging unsafe sex among adolescents in Kenya.

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.

Street scene with fruit vendors and electronics stalls in Hyderabad, India

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.

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