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Search our database of 910 randomized evaluations conducted by our affiliates in 79 countries. To browse summaries of key policy recommendations from a subset of these evaluations, visit the Policy Publications tab.

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Finance

Information and Social Interaction in Savings Decisions in the United States

Esther Duflo , Emmanuel Saez

This evaluation studied the influence of information and social networks on university employees' decisions to enroll in a voluntary Tax Deferred Account (TDA) retirement plan in the United States. The results indicated that an individual’s decision to participate in the TDA is affected by small changes in their environment (i.e. in their social network), and not only by receiving increased...

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.

Indian boys sitting at computer

Education

Computer-Assisted Learning Project with Pratham in India

In Vadodora, India, researchers studied the impact of supplementing classroom instruction with computer-assisted learning (CAL) in primary schools. CAL significantly improved student’s math scores, but was less cost-effective than the remedial tutor-based program, Balsakhi.

Boy writes sums on chalkboard

Education

Encouraging Teacher Attendance through Monitoring with Cameras in Rural Udaipur, India

Esther Duflo, Rema Hanna , Stephen Ryan

This study estimated the effect of financial incentives on teacher attendance on students' attendance and math and language levels. The incentives increased teacher attendance and teaching time, and student test scores rose as a result.

Finance

Marketing Effects in a Consumer Credit Market in South Africa (Pricing the Effect of Psychological "Features")

Working closely with a highly profitable consumer lender in South Africa, researchers sought to determine the effects of advertising content, price, and offer deadlines on loan take up. They found the marketing had significant effects on loan take up, but not on loan amount or default rates. Clients demonstrated the strongest responses to the non-price components of loan offers.

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.

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