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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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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.

Featuring an evaluation by Marco Gonzalez-Navarro and Climent Quintana-Domeque.

Woman speaks to a nurse at a health clinic in Zambia about contraceptive options

Health

Can We Talk in Private (About Family Planning)?

Nava Ashraf, Erica Field

Women who received private access to vouchers for contraceptives were more likely to take up and use contraception, compared to women whose husbands were involved in the voucher program.

Trained health aide and mother read to young child in Jamaica | Photo courtesy of Development Media International

Education, Health, Labor Markets

Early Childhood Engagement for Lifelong Learning

Early childhood stimulation programs implemented at home with parents can contribute to children’s cognitive and socio-emotional development, ultimately enabling them to improve on a number of future life outcomes, including academic achievement, employment, and earnings. Such programs can be implemented cost-effectively and at scale.

Political Economy & Governance

Identifying the Poor Through Self-Targeting

Abhijit Banerjee, Rema Hanna, Benjamin Olken

Requiring households to apply for a cash transfer program in Indonesia discouraged rich households from seeking out benefits and identified a relatively poorer group of beneficiaries.

Agriculture, Finance

Make It Rain

Weather index insurance protects farmers against losses from extreme weather and facilitates investment in their farms, but randomized evaluations in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa have shown low demand for these products at market prices, suggesting the need for alternative approaches.

Political Economy & Governance

Paying for Performance

Benjamin Olken, Asim Khwaja

Performance pay for tax officials in Punjab, Pakistan significantly increased tax revenues without harming taxpayer satisfaction.

Health

Responding to Risk: HIV Prevention and Male Circumcision

Rebecca Thornton

In rural Malawi, providing information about voluntary medical male circumcision and HIV transmission risk reduced risky sexual behavior among uncircumcised men, but did not increase take-up of circumcision. A subsequent evaluation of a voucher program in urban Malawi found that providing information and reducing the price of circumcision only slightly increased take-up.

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