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Search our database of policy briefcases and bulletins. Briefcases summarize the results and policy recommendations from one randomized evaluation, while bulletins synthesize the broader policy lessons emerging from multiple evaluations on the same topic.

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College students

Education

Simplifying the Barriers Along the Bridge to College

While past approaches to helping students transition to college have focused on increasing financial aid, the college application process itself presents a barrier to college access. Relatively low-cost programs to simplify this process and support students through this transition can increase college enrollment and persistence.

Biometric authentication using thumbprint

Political Economy & Governance

Smartcards for Smarter Payments

Karthik Muralidharan, Paul Niehaus, Sandip Sukhtankar

In India, a biometrically authenticated payment system reduced corruption and substantially improved the delivery of government social assistance programs despite partial implementation.

Children do arithmetic in chalk on a stone floor in India

Education

Roll Call: Getting Children Into School

Student participation is sensitive to the perceived costs and benefits of education. Although the costs are immediate and easy to observe, school quality and the long-run benefits of education are more difficult to perceive. Children, not only their parents, are important to consider when designing programs aimed at improving school enrollment and attendance. Programs that improved overall school participation were at least as effective—if not more—for girls as they were for boys.

Young men in the Becoming a Man program in Chicago

Crime, Violence, & Conflict

Practicing Choices, Preventing Crime

Cognitive behavioral therapy helped young men in cities in Liberia and the United States become more focused on the future, reducing criminal and violent behavior and increasing graduation rates when delivered in school.

Two students work on a whiteboard

Education

What Can We Learn from Charter School Lotteries in the United States?

The estimated impacts of charter schools have varied widely. In Massachusetts, students who won lotteries for charter schools located in urban areas often did substantially better than students who lost, while students who won lotteries for charter schools in nonurban areas fared, on average, about the same or somewhat worse compared to those who lost.

Shopkeeper writes a receipt

Political Economy & Governance

The Role of the VAT for Tax Enforcement

Dina Pomeranz

The Value Added Tax (VAT) system, which generates a paper trail on transactions between firms, facilitated tax enforcement by spreading the impact of enforcement measures up the production chain in a study with over 400,000 firms in Chile.

Political Economy & Governance

Pave The Way

Marco Gonzalez-Navarro

Paving streets in marginalized neighborhoods in Mexico increased property values, allowing households to purchase more home appliances and vehicles and to invest more in home improvements.
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