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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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Gender, Health

Reducing Pregnancy Among Adolescents

Across a range of programs, interventions that successfully changed the calculus of costs and benefits of unprotected sexual activity and childbirth delayed pregnancy among adolescents. Some programs directly altered costs and benefits while others shifted perceptions of them.

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

Health, Gender

Can We Talk in Private (About Family Planning)?

Nava Ashraf, Erica Field

In contexts in which women have less bargaining power in family planning decisions, providing private access to contraceptives may be an important and effective means of enabling women to achieve their fertility goals.
See in: French

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

Political Economy & Governance, Gender

Giving the People What They Want

Benjamin Olken

Choosing local infrastructure projects by direct election, rather than through representatives, had a small effect on the types of projects selected but a large impact on citizen satisfaction in Indonesia.

Political Economy & Governance, Education, Gender

Raising Female Leaders

Lori Beaman, Raghabendra Chattopadhyay, Esther Duflo, Rohini Pande

A quota system for female village leaders in India changed perceptions of women’s abilities, improved women’s electoral chances, and raised aspirations and educational attainment for adolescent girls.

Education, Health, Gender

Menstruation as a Barrier to Education?

Rebecca Thornton

Girls in Nepal missed only half a day of school per year due to menstruation, and modern sanitary products did little to address this very small attendance gap.

Political Economy & Governance, Gender

Women As Policy Makers

Raghabendra Chattopadhyay, Esther Duflo

Local leaders in India invest more in public goods directly relevant to the needs of their own gender.