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Remote Sensing of Illegal Black Sand Mining in the Philippines

Satellite imagery is used to detect areas of suspected illegal mining activity.

Researchers
Estelle Chaussard, Sara Kerosky
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
Philippines (Southeast Asia)
Development Topics
Health; Technology & Infrastructure; Climate & Environment; Measurement
Promoting Safe Sex Among Adolescents in Tanzania

This study aims to identify the factors which influence adolescent sexual and reproductive heath behavior in Tanzania.

Researchers
Locations
Tanzania (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Health (Reproductive Health & Family Planning; Infectious & Communicable Diseases)
Do legs matter: Why take-up of prosthetic legs is low in Rwanda

Why are the extreme poor not adopting the use of prosthetic legs if it costs nothing?

Researchers
Jeremy Magruder, John Loeser (Agriculture and Resource Economics PhD candidate, UC Berkeley) and Principal Investigator
Locations
Rwanda (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Health
Alleviating Safety Information Asymmetries for Bangladeshi Garment Workers

This research tests the hypothesis that information asymmetry about safety in the workplace constrains workers’ abilities to make optimal decisions about where to work.

Researchers
Noam Yuchtman, Laura Boudreau (Business and Public Policy PhD candidate, UC Berkeley and Principal Investigator)
Methodologies
- Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Bangladesh (South Asia)
Development Topics
Health; Education & Labor (Employment)
Externalities and Social Influence in Childhood Immunization

This study tests the effect that education about externalities and social influence has on caregivers’ decision to immunize their children in Pakistan.

Researchers
Edward Miguel, Paul Gertler, Anne Karing (Economics PhD candidate et al.
Methodologies
- Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Pakistan (South Asia)
Development Topics
Health (Maternal & Infant Health; Reproductive Health & Family Planning)
Influence of Provider Continuity on Patient Health-Related Behavior and Outcomes

This study will estimate causal effects of provider discontinuity on patient health-related behavior and outcomes.

Researchers
Ben Handel, Jennifer Kwok (Economics PhD candidate, UC Berkeley and Principal Investigator)
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
United States of America
Development Topics
Health
The Effects of Conditional Cash Transfers on BMI and Blood Pressure in Adults

Evidence suggests conditional cash transfers may negatively affect adult BMI and blood pressure.

Researchers
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Mexico (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Health; Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers)
Bt cotton and pesticide use in Argentina: economic and environmental effects

Bt cotton, a genetically modified crop, reduces the use of highly toxic pesticides and increases farmers’ crop yields in Argentina.

Researchers
Alain de Janvry, Matin Qaim
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods, - Multivariate Regression, - Instrumental Variables
Locations
Argentina (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Agriculture (Inputs); Climate & Environment
Local Electoral Incentives and Decentralized Program Performance

A decentralized cash transfer program in Brazil to reduce school drop-out rates achieved greater impact in cities where voters were able to use election incentives to hold the mayor accountable.

Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
Brazil (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers; Subsidies); Public Service (Civic Engagement); Education & Labor
Who’s Getting Globalized? The Size and Implications of Intra-national Trade Costs

Developing countries, especially those in Sub-Saharan Africa, face significantly higher intra-national trade costs than the United States, limiting the benefits of globalization.

Researchers
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
Ethiopia, Nigeria (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Technology & Infrastructure
The Impact of Minimum Wages on Demand-Driven Development

Contrary to standard economic theory, higher minimum wage requirements led to increased formal sector employment through demand-driven development.

Researchers
Methodologies
- Difference-in-Differences, - Multivariate Regression
Locations
Indonesia (Southeast Asia)
Development Topics
Education & Labor (Employment); Public Service (Private Sector)
Selective Trials for Agricultural Technology Adoption

This study aims to determine whether it is possible to identify farmers more likely to experiment with new technology and if it increases adoption rates across farms.

Researchers
Locations
Kenya (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Agriculture