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Why all countries should contribute to ending global poverty
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COVID-19 intensifies global need to support informal workers in their struggle
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COVID-19 and employment: Insights from the sub-Saharan African experience
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Working PaperNGOs and the effectiveness of interventions
Interventions in remote, rural settings face high transaction costs...external validity Field experiments NGOs
Journal ArticlePublic disclosure for carbon abatement: African decision-makers in a PROPER public good experiment
A linear public good experiment adopted from Holt and Laury [1997. Classroom games: Voluntary provision of a public good...Field experiments Pollution Public goods
Working PaperCooperation and leadership in a segregated community: Evidence from a lab-in-the-field experiment in a South African township
The paper presents the results of a lab-in-the-field experiment in three South African townships located in the suburbs of Cape Town...Field experiments Segregation
Working PaperSearching for religious discrimination among Anganwadi workers in India: An experimental investigation
This paper examines whether, in India, discriminatory practices by government-employed child caregivers along religious lines, lead to differential health outcomes among the care receiving children...Discrimination in employment Field experiments Health
Working PaperThe behavioural implications of women’s empowerment programmes
Participatory community programmes are a potentially important tool for social empowerment and economic development. How do participatory programmes that specifically target women affect community trust and cohesion?...Economic development Field experiments Pension trusts
Working PaperCaste differences in behaviour and personality: Evidence from India
The persistent gap in economic outcomes between the upper and lower caste groups in India is typically explained through differences in endowments and the presence of discrimination...Caste Field experiments Organizational behavior
Working PaperAffirmative action and effort choice: An experimental investigation
We study the effect of affirmative action on effort in an experiment conducted in high schools in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas in Queensland, Australia...Field experiments Public administration Public policy (Law)
Working PaperRacial bias and the validity of the Implicit Association Test
Implicit associations and biases are carried without awareness of conscious direction. In this paper, I develop a model to study giving behaviours under conditions of implicit bias...Economic conditions Field experiments
Journal Special IssueExperiments in Development Economics
In recent years, experimental methods have been both highly celebrated, and roundly criticized, as a means of addressing core questions in the social sciences. They have received particular attention in the analysis of development interventions...Corporate governance Economic development Field experiments
Journal ArticleReflections on the Ethics of Social Experimentation
Part of Journal Special Issue Experiments in Development EconomicsMethodology (Economics) Experimental design Field experiments
BlogOut of the Poverty Trap Through Higher Aspirations?
Why does a mother from a poor African village not send her daughter to school, but instead marries her off to an old man as a second or third wife? This way poverty is inherited from parent to child...Agricultural laborers Children Field experiments
ProjectExperimental and non-experimental methods to study government performance: contributions and limits
In recent years, field experiments using randomized trials have gained increasing popularity in the field of development economics. In particular, scholars have argued strongly for their use as the best means of identifying ‘what works’...Field experiments Non-experimental methods Governance
BlogWhat Can Experiments Tell Us About How to Improve Governance?
Rachel M. Gisselquist and Miguel Niño-Zarazúa Over the past decade, randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have become a staple of research in development economics...Cost effectiveness Experimental design Field experiments