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Can foreign multinationals improve the enforcement of local workplace safety laws? Evidence from the apparel sector in Bangladesh

Laura Boudreau
A researcher partnered with the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a consortium formed by US multinational companies, to evaluate the impact of privately enforcing local labor laws on garment factories in Bangladesh. Enforcing the legally-required creation and operation of workplace safety...

The Impacts of Intensive Municipal Governance and Community Organization on Gang Governance in Medellín

Gustavo Duncan
Benjamin Lessing
Santiago Tobón
In partnership with the City of Medellín, researchers randomly introduced a program that intensified government outreach to gang-controlled neighborhoods. The study found no evidence that the city’s intervention reduced gang rule.

Benchmarking Cash to an Employment Program in Rwanda

Andrew Zeitlin
In Rwanda, researchers conducted a randomized evaluation to compare the impact of Huguka Dukore, a youth employment and training program, to that of cash grants of an equivalent value on several economic outcomes. Huguka Dukore improved hours worked, assets, savings, and subjective well-being, while...

Group Incentives, Hygiene, and Milk Quality Among Dairy Cooperatives in Karnataka, India

Researchers in Karnataka conducted a randomized evaluation to study whether collective incentive payments to village cooperatives of dairy farmers could increase milk quality and reduce microbial contamination. Incentive payments increased cleanliness and point to the importance of leadership and...