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Financial Education vs. Access to Finance Among Filipino Migrants

Rashmi Barua
Paolo Abarcar

International remittances are an important financial tool for many developing countries, and many organizations offer financial products or financial education services to help families manage the remittances they receive. Researchers provided families with financial products and financial education...

Improving Take-Up of Tax Benefits in the United States

Saurabh Bhargava

In the United States, many people who are eligible for social and economic benefits do not claim those benefits. Researchers partnered with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to test the effectiveness of different messages to taxpayers designed to encourage them to claim certain tax benefits.

Extending Health Insurance to the Informal Sector Through Microfinance in Nicaragua

Laurel Hatt
Mursaleena Islam
Freddy Solis Diaz
Martha Gonzalez Monada
Anne Fitzpatrick

In recent years, there has been an increased interest in providing health insurance to poor and vulnerable populations as a means of increasing access to quality healthcare and protecting families from the substantial costs and subsequent income shocks. This evaluation measured the determinants of...

Improving the Allocation of Land Use Subsidies Through Self-Selection in Malawi

Elsa Cardona Santos

In Malawi, researchers tested the impact of a subsidized tree planting program and tested whether allocating contracts randomly or through self-selection resulted in better program outcomes. Self-targeting outperformed random allocation of contracts in terms of tree survival and mitigated increases...

Evaluating the Impact of Play-Based Learning on Early Childhood Development in South Africa

In KwaZulu-Natal, researchers are measuring the impact of the Six Bricks program, which promotes structured play using manipulative bricks combined with a set of carefully designed pedagogical activities, on preschoolers' executive function skills.

Teacher Training and Student Achievement in Science: Evidence from France

Manuel Bächtold
David Cross
Valérie Munier
André Tricot
Adrien Bouguen

High quality instruction throughout primary school is widely believed to have a positive influence on student outcomes. In partnership with a non-profit organization in France, researchers are evaluating the impact of its science and technology teacher training program on the educational interests...

Harvesting Rainfall: Experimental Evidence from Cistern Deployment in Northeast Brazil

Gustavo Bobonis
Simeon Nichter

Distributing water cisterns in northeast Brazil led to fewer requests for private benefits from local politicians and fewer votes for incumbent mayors, who typically have more resources to engage in clientelism. Marco Gonzalez-Navarro and J-PAL's Latin America & Caribbean office are now working with...

Radio Public Service Announcements and Voter Participation Among Native Americans in the United States

Eline de Rooij

Can media campaigns increase voter turnout among those underrepresented in the electorate? Researchers randomly assigned areas covered by Native American radio programming to either receive or not receive targeted radio messaging encouraging listeners to vote in the 2008 and 2010 US elections. The...