Policy 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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Education: Primary Education for All

The international community has promised to achieve universal primary education and to eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education by 2015. In this bulletin, we assess the most effective ways of increasing child attendance at school.
A man weaves a rug. Photo Credit: Haitham Fahmy | J-PAL

Egyptian Rug Firms Weave Their Way into Foreign Markets

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.

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

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.

Fingerprinting to Reduce Risky Borrowing

Introducing fingerprinting identification for microloans caused high-risk borrowers to take out smaller loans and to improve their repayment behavior.

Giving the People What They Want

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

In the Business of Saving Lives

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.

Incentives for Immunization

Small incentives for parents, coupled with reliable services at convenient mobile clinics, increased full immunization rates sixfold. This approach was twice as cost-effective as improving service reliability without incentives.

Innovation, Inclusion and Trust: The Role of Non-Profit Organizations in Microfinance

If microcredit, as traditionally implemented, is being done just as well by for-profits, where to for non-profits? Dean Karlan lays out three important roles that non-profits can play in the financial inclusion arena.
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Inspiring Success: Personalized Trainings for Microenterprises

An randomized evaluation found that adding sessions with role models and individualized assistance to intensive training courses for microentrepreneurs increased their household incomes, mainly through improved business practices and performances