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Identifying Gazelles among Micro and Small Enterprises in Ghana

This study tests different methods of identifying microenterprises with high growth potential.

Researchers
Marcel Fafchamps, Chris Woodruff
Methodologies
Experimental Methods
Locations
Ghana (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Financial Services); Public Service (Private Sector)
The Impact of Exporting: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Egypt

This study evaluates a program that seeks to improve market access by matching Egyptian carpet making SMEs with buyers in western markets.

Researchers
Amit Khandelwal, Adam Osman
Locations
Egypt (Middle East and North Africa)
Development Topics
Public Service (Private Sector)
Social Network Structure and Community-Based Targeting in Indonesia

In this study, researchers develop and test a model that uses a community’s social network characteristics to predict how accurately that community can identify

Researchers
Arun Chandrasekhar, Vivi Alatas, Abhijit Banerjee et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation, - Multivariate Regression
Locations
Indonesia (Southeast Asia)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers); Public Service (Civic Engagement)
Do Foreign Supermarkets Improve Household Welfare in Developing Countries?

Analysis of micro-data in Mexico during rapid expansion of foreign supermarkets reveals significant increases in household welfare, primarily due to a reduction in household cost of living.

Researchers
Benjamin Faber, Marco Gonzalez-Navarro
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
Mexico (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Public Service (Private Sector)
Long-term Diffusion and Impact of Flood-tolerant Rice

This study measures the diffusion of Swarna-Sub1, a flood tolerant rice variety, and its long-term effects on cultivation practices, farmer welfare, and the local economy.

Researchers
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
India (South Asia)
Development Topics
Agriculture (Inputs)
The Effects of Nurse Absenteeism on Health Outcomes for Pregnant Women with HIV

In Kenya, health worker absenteeism negatively affects women’s reproductive and maternal health outcomes.

Researchers
Josh Graff Zivin, Markus Goldstein, James Habyarimana et al.
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
Kenya (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Health (Maternal & Infant Health; Child Health)
Environmental Investments on Private Land: Planting Trees in Chipata

This study in Zambia compares the impact of providing incentives and inputs to encourage farmers to grow nitrogen-fixing trees.

Researchers
Paulina Oliva, Kelsey Jack, Sam Bell et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Zambia (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Agriculture (Inputs); Climate & Environment
Using GPS-Enabled Cell Phones to Monitor Agricultural Extension Agents in Paraguay

Researchers study the impact of cell phones on agricultural extension worker performance.

Researchers
Methodologies
Experimental Methods
Locations
Paraguay (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Agriculture; Public Service
The Effects of Marriage Customs on Child Investment

Researchers study the effects of bride and groom prices on parents’ human capital investment in their children by gender.

Researchers
Methodologies
- Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Pakistan (South Asia)
Development Topics
Health (Child Health)
Can Mistargeting Destroy Social Capital and Stimulate Crime? Evidence from a Cash Transfer Program in Indonesia

This study explores how mistargeting of a cash transfer program increased crime rates in Indonesia.

Researchers
Manisha Shah, Lisa Cameron
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
Indonesia (Southeast Asia)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers)
Household Electricity Connections in Kenya

Subsidies of varying amounts were distributed to determine at what price the majority of Kenyans will connect to the national grid, and to explore the social and economic impacts of electrification.

Locations
Kenya (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Financial Services); Climate & Environment (Energy)
Courting Safe Behaviors: Testing Courtyard-based Safe Water and Hygiene Interventions in Urban Bangladesh

Researchers test behavioral strategies to encourage communities in Bangladesh to treat drinking water with a chlorine dispenser and to wash hands with soap.

Researchers
David I. Levine, Stephen Luby, Raymond Guiteras
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Bangladesh (South Asia)
Development Topics
Health (WASH)