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EvaluationsPolicy Publications

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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Insuring the Uninsured

Amy Finkelstein, Katherine Baicker

The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment found that covering the uninsured with Medicaid increased the use of health care, including primary care, hospitalizations, and emergency room visits; diminished financial strain; and reduced depression. There was no statistically significant impact on physical health measures, employment, or earnings.

Education, Labor Markets, Health, Gender

See Tomorrow's Jobs, Invest in Girls Today

Robert Jensen

Making employment opportunities for women more salient and accessible led to increased investment in education and nutrition of girls, and delayed marriage and childbearing among women in rural India.
See in: Spanish


Happiness on Tap

Florencia Devoto, Esther Duflo, Pascaline Dupas, William Parienté

Facilitating the purchase of a private water connection on credit improved households’ quality of life.
See in: French

Environment, Energy, & Climate Change, Health

Cleaner Water at the Source

Michael Kremer, Edward Miguel

Protecting naturally occurring springs with simple infrastructure significantly improved source water quality and reduced the incidence of diarrhea in young children by one-quarter.

Environment, Energy, & Climate Change, Health

Up in Smoke

Rema Hanna, Esther Duflo, Michael Greenstone

In Odisha, India improved cooking stoves did not reduce smoke exposure, improve health, or reduce fuel usage of recipients because they were not used regularly and recipients did not invest to maintain them properly.

Education, Health

Deworming: A Best Buy for Development

Edward Miguel, Michael Kremer

Inexpensive, school-based deworming treatment improves health and school attendance in the short term, improves productivity in the long term, and even benefits untreated neighbors and siblings.
See in: FrenchIndonesian


A Balancing ACT

Jessica Cohen, Pascaline Dupas, Simone Schaner

A retail-sector subsidy for effective antimalarials in Kenya greatly increased access among the most vulnerable, but design matters: finding the right price and providing diagnostic tests are important tools for limiting unnecessary treatment.