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New ​Access to Digital Credit and Its Spillover Effects in China

This pilot study surveyed husbandry loan recipients in rural China to understand loan welfare effects and production activities.

Researchers
Zenan Wang
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
China (East Asia and the Pacific)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Financial Services)
New ​Consumer Protection Oversights in the Chinese Social Credit System

This pilot study conducted interviews with users of a Chinese social credit product to understand their consumer protection concerns.

Researchers
Shazeda Ahmed, Jael Makagon
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
China (East Asia and the Pacific)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers
New ​Mobile Payments and Inclusive Credit: A Silver Lining in India's Cash Crisis?

This pilot study explored the effect of digital payment adoption and digital loans on small merchants’ business and welfare outcomes in India.

Researchers
Ethan Ligon, Ketki Sheth, Carly Trachtman
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
India (South Asia)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers
New ​Nano-Loans and CDR-Based Credit Scores: A Gateway to Financial Inclusion for Unbanked Haitians?

This pilot study conducted focus group discussions to better understand the potential welfare impacts of a mobile nano-loan product.

Researchers
Travis Lybbert, Oscar Barriga-Cabanillas
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
Haiti (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers; Technology & Infrastructure
New Gender-Differentiated Digital Credit Algorithms Using Machine Learning

This pilot study collected preliminary data to understand whether gender-differentiated credit scoring models (using non-traditional data) can increase women’s access to formal credit.

Researchers
Sean Higgins
Locations
Dominican Republic (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers
New Incentivizing Small Merchants in Emerging Markets to Adopt Digital Payment Technologies

This pilot study investigates what value propositions can best incentivize small merchants to adopt digital payment technologies.

Researchers
Paul Gertler, Ulrike Malmendier, Sean Higgins et al.
Locations
Dominican Republic (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Financial Services)
New Financial Inclusion and Credit Contracts in Repeated Borrowing Relationships

This pilot study examines the impact of the access to formal credit in a repeating borrowing relationship on entrepreneurial performance and financial inclusion among women entrepreneurs.

Researchers
Locations
Sierra Leone (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers
New Government to Beneficiary Payments in Nepal: A Pilot Experiment

This pilot study evaluates the implementation of Mobile Grant Payments (MPGs) for earthquake reconstruction funds in Nepal.

Researchers
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
Nepal (South Asia)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers; Technology & Infrastructure (Housing)
New Marginal Rates of Substitution, Technology Adoption, and Welfare: Evidence from a Savings Experiment in Kenya

This pilot study tests whether a household's demand for money can be used to predict take-up of financial products and the welfare effects of access to these products.

Researchers
Aprajit Mahajan, John Loeser
Locations
Kenya (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers
Child Labor, Household Livelihoods and Artisanal Mining in the Cobalt Supply Chain

This policy report documents insights from a comprehensive survey of 150 mining communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with a focus on the prevalence and consequences of child labor.

Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
Democratic Republic of Congo (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Health (Child Health); Education & Labor (Employment; Primary & Secondary Education); Climate & Environment (Natural Resource Management); Public Service (Private Sector)
Income for information - Measuring the Value of Time

An information-task platform is proposed to measure the value of time in order to better design the timing and targeting of social programs.

Researchers
Robert On, Saika Belal
Methodologies
Experimental Methods
Locations
Kenya (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Education & Labor (Employment; Gender; Primary & Secondary Education); Measurement; Technology & Infrastructure (Information & Communications Technology)
Measuring usage of cookstoves with sensors in Darfur

Stove Use Monitors (SUMs) are used to accurately measure the adoption of the Berkeley-Darfur Cookstove.

Researchers
Daniel Wilson, Javier Rosa, Angeli Kirk et al.
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
Sudan (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Health; Measurement; Technology & Infrastructure (Information & Communications Technology); Climate & Environment (Pollution Control)