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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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A man weaves a rug. Photo Credit: Haitham Fahmy | J-PAL


Egyptian Rug Firms Weave Their Way into Foreign Markets

David Atkin, Adam Osman

Offering small rug producers in Egypt opportunities to export rugs to high-income markets increased firm profits through improvements in firms’ technical knowledge, efficiency, and product quality.


Political Economy & Governance

Empowering Citizens with Information: Improving Access to Social Assistance in Indonesia

Abhijit Banerjee, Rema Hanna, Benjamin A. Olken

In Indonesia, sending households official identification cards with information about the benefits they were eligible to receive from a national subsidized rice program led to a 26 percent increase in the benefits that eligible households received and a large reduction in leakage.

Young students in India sitting outside


Reshaping Adolescents’ Gender Attitudes: Encouraging Students to Discuss Gender Equality in the Classroom

Seema Jayachandran

A series of interactive classroom discussions about gender equality over two and a half years increased students’ support for gender equality and led students to enact more gender-equitable behavior in the state of Haryana, India.

A healthcare worker and mother with a baby in sub-Saharan Africa.


In the Business of Saving Lives

Martina Björkman Nyqvist, Jakob Svensson, David Yanagizawa-Drott

In Uganda, an incentivized community health promoter program increased health care access, knowledge, and health-promoting behaviors among households, leading to a 27 percent reduction in child mortality.

Classroom in Italy | Photo by Stefano Guidi


Mind the Gap: Aligning Immigrant Students' Aspirations to Abilities

Offering tutoring and career counseling to high-ability immigrant students closed the educational gap between native-born and immigrant boys in Italy.

parents attending school information meetings. Photo: Aude Guerrucci | J-PAL


Considering All the Options: A Low-Cost Way to Reduce School Dropout

Parent meetings with school principals that provided guidance on selecting academic tracks helped reduce grade repetition and high school dropout among low-achieving students in France.

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Are all students ready for boarding?

Disadvantaged students who attended France’s first “boarding school of excellence” had large improvements in math scores after two years. Students initially experienced reductions in well-being, but adjusted to their new environment by the second year.