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Household Matters: Revisiting the Returns to Capital among Female Micro-entrepreneurs

Arielle Bernhardt
Natalia Rigol

Researchers re-examined data from previous studies in Ghana, India, and Sri Lanka to better understand the impact of credit and cash grant variations on micro-enterprise profits. Their results suggest that the gender gap in micro-enterprise performance was not due to ability, but rather to women’s...

The Impact of Decentralizing Education Spending on Student Learning in Senegal

Pedro Carneiro
Oswald Koussihouèdé
Nathalie Lahire
Corina Mommaerts

Researchers partnered with the Senegalese government to evaluate the impact of a decentralized school grants program on student learning. The program improved test scores overall and for girls in younger grades. The impact was stronger in schools that invested more in human resource training rather...

Expanding Educational Opportunities through a Public-Private Partnership in Pakistan

Felipe Barrera-Osorio
David Blakeslee
Matthew Hoover
Dhushyanth Raju
Stephen P Ryan

Researchers conducted a randomized evaluation to measure the impact of publicly-funded private primary schools on student enrollment in rural Pakistan. The private school program significantly increased school enrollment, but did not reduce gender disparities among students.

Returns to Secondary Schooling in Ghana

In this ongoing study, researchers are evaluating the effect of secondary school scholarships on educational attainment and cognitive skills in the short run, and on life outcomes in the longer run, from employment and health outcomes to civic participation and attitudes.

The Impact of Employment on High-Risk Men in Liberia

Jeannie Annan

In Liberia, researchers tested the effect of an intensive agricultural training program on employment activities, income, and socio-political integration. The program increased participants’ employment in agriculture and average wealth and decreased the amount of time they spent in illicit...

Transparency for Development (T4D) in Indonesia

Stephen Kosack
Archon Fung
Courtney Tolmie
Jean Arkedis
Jessica Creighton

In Indonesia, researchers are conducting a randomized evaluation of the Transparency for Development (T4D) program. Equipped with a community scorecard that details local health problems and barriers to receiving healthcare, community activists will formulate and undertake social actions to address...

Strengthening Women’s Financial Control Through Personal Bank Accounts

Natalia Rigol
Charity Troyer Moore

In countries like India, female labor force participation is low despite rapid economic growth. In partnership with the government of Madhya Pradesh, researchers offered women individual bank accounts to evaluate the impact of increasing women’s financial control on labor market participation and...

The Impact of Extending Childcare on Female Labor in Chile

Marcela Perticará

In Chile, researchers conducted a randomized evaluation to measure the effect of providing free after-school care on women’s labor market outcomes. The program increased women’s labor force participation and employment, and increased the use of daycare for young children who were ineligible for the...