Policy Publications

Search our database of policy briefcases, bulletins, and evidence reviews. 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. Evidence reviews summarize an existing academic literature review, like a handbook chapter or white paper, for a policy audience.

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Community members attend a meeting promoting the use of women's help desks.

Improving policing in the midst of patriarchy

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October 25, 2022
In India, creating designated women’s help desks (WHDs) in police stations increased the registration of crimes against women, particularly when staffed by female officers. Key results: The WHD program led to more registrations of cases of violence against women. Stations with WHDs registered 1.5...
Health care workers in Sierra Leone put on personal protective equipment during the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak.

Health Care Communities Can Count On

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March 9, 2021
  • Darin Christensen
  • Johannes Haushofer
  • Bilal Siddiqi
  • Maarten Voors
Community monitoring and nonfinancial award programs for health clinics in Sierra Leone improved clinic utilization, patient satisfaction, and reporting during the 2014 Ebola crisis. Community monitoring improved child health and reduced mortality among Ebola patients.
election officials with ballot papers in a polling station

J-PAL Governance Initiative Review Paper

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October 30, 2019
This publication summarizes the academic review paper that informs the research agenda and highlights open questions of J-PAL's Governance Initiative.

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

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August 1, 2019
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.
Biometric authentication using thumbprint

Smartcards for Smarter Payments

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September 6, 2017
In India, a biometrically authenticated payment system reduced corruption and substantially improved the delivery of government social assistance programs despite partial implementation.
Shopkeeper writes a receipt

The Role of the VAT for Tax Enforcement

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March 20, 2017
The Value Added Tax (VAT) system, which generates a paper trail on transactions between firms, facilitated tax enforcement by spreading the impact of enforcement measures up the production chain in a study with over 400,000 firms in Chile.
Construction workers in Mexico work on constructing a road.

Pave the Way

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August 16, 2016
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.Paving streets in marginalized neighborhoods in Mexico increased property values, allowing households to...

Paying for Performance

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November 1, 2015
Performance pay for tax officials in Punjab, Pakistan significantly increased tax revenues without harming taxpayer satisfaction.

The Power of Information in Community Monitoring

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July 1, 2015
A community-based monitoring program in Uganda led to large and sustained increases in health care utilization and improvements in child health. The key to success was providing communities with information on the performance of local health care providers.