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Market stall in Accra, Ghana

Firms, Gender, Labor Markets

The Impacts of Cash versus In-kind Grants on Firm Growth in Ghana

Marcel Fafchamps , Christopher Woodruff , David McKenzie, Simon Quinn

Researchers conducted a randomized evaluation of male- and female-owned firms in Ghana to identify and distinguish the impacts of cash and in-kind transfers on the profits of microenterprises. Results indicate that the impacts of cash and in-kind transfers vary according to firm size, profitability, and gender, where female-owned, high-profit firms experienced substantial growth with the support...

Finance

The Impact of Internet Connectivity in Kenya

This randomized evaluation will measure the impact of providing free cellular data to mobile phone users on access to jobs and skills, access to formal and informal credit, use of the internet (including use of social networking), and political and social attitudes.

women sit in circle group meeting dominican republic credit score digital

Finance, Gender

The Impact of a Women-Specific Credit Scoring Model on Women’s Access to Credit in the Dominican Republic

Paul Gertler , Laura Chioda, Sean Higgins

Researchers are partnering with a bank and a mobile money operator in the Dominican Republic to evaluate the impact of credit scoring models designed specifically for women on access to credit.

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Agriculture

The Impact of Referrals to Improve Targeting for Agricultural Training in Bangladesh

Marcel Fafchamps , Asad Islam, Mohammad Abdul Malek, Debayan Pakrashi

Researchers tested whether referrals by past trainees—both with and without incentives—improved the effectiveness of an agricultural training. Referred farmers were only slightly more likely to adopt than those randomly selected, while rewarding or incentivizing referrals did not improve the quality of the referred farmer and may have led those ill-suited to the technology to adopt it.

Crime, Violence, & Conflict, Gender

Mass Media Experiments to Reduce Violence Against Women in Tanzania

Donald Green , Dylan Groves, Constantine Manda, Rachel Jones

Building on an earlier study in Uganda, researchers are working with Innovations for Poverty Action to measure the impact of radio programming on gender-related attitudes and behaviors.

Finance, Gender

Women’s Take-Up of Credit Versus Commitment Savings Products in Rural Pakistan

Marcel Fafchamps , Uzma Afzal, Giovanna d'Adda, Simon Quinn, Farah Said

Saving money and borrowing money are often thought of as two very different financial behaviors. However, in many low- and middle-income countries people may use these products for the same reasons. The National Rural Support Programme in Pakistan and J-PAL affiliated researchers randomly offered female microfinance customers a commitment savings product or a credit product three times over the...

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