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Risky Business: The Market for Unprotected Commercial Sex

While condoms are an effective barrier to prevent the transmission of HIV, large numbers of sex workers take the risk of unprotected sex because clients are willing to pay more to not use condoms.

Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods, Multivariate Regression
Locations
Mexico (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Health (Reproductive Health & Family Planning; Infectious & Communicable Diseases)
Air Pollution and Infant Mortality in Mexico Compared to the United States

In Mexico City, unit increases in the concentrations of carbon monoxide and particulate matter, instrumented by thermal inversions, resulted in marginal increases in infant mortality rates.

Researchers
Paulina Oliva, Eva Arceo, Rema Hanna (Harvard et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Mexico (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Climate & Environment (Pollution Control); Health (Maternal & Infant Health)
Evaluating the Socio-economic Impacts of Western Seed Hybrid Maize Program

This evaluation studies whether and how Western Seed Company's innovative hybrid maize program in Kenya has improved smallholder farmers' welfare.

Researchers
Michael Carter, Mary Mathenge, Travis Lybbert
Methodologies
Experimental Methods
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Financial Services); Agriculture (Inputs); Technology & Infrastructure (Information & Communications Technology)
Poverty and Land Redistribution

Researchers took advantage of a natural experiment created by Land Redistribution for Agricultural Development (LRAD) in South Africa to determine the effects of land transfers.

Researchers
Michael Carter, Malcolm Keswell
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, Randomized Evaluation
Locations
South Africa (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Agriculture; Finance & Cash Transfers (In-Kind Transfers)
The Role of Soft Skills in Pregnancy and Work

This randomized evaluation tests how entrepreneurship training that links family planning to career success can improve job market and fertility outcomes for young women in Uganda.

Researchers
Paul Gertler, Dana Carney
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Uganda (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Health (Maternal & Infant Health; Reproductive Health & Family Planning); Education & Labor (Youth & Vocational Training)
The Ecological Footprint of Poverty Alleviation: Evidence from Mexico's Oportunidades Program

This study explores the causal effects of an increase in income on deforestation by evaluating the impact of a particularly large and long-lasting cash transfer program in Mexico.

Researchers
Craig McIntosh, Jennifer Alix-Garcia, Katharine R. E. Sims et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, Randomized Evaluation, Non-Experimental Methods, Difference-in-Differences, Multivariate Regression, Regression Discontinuity, Instrumental Variables
Locations
Mexico (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Climate & Environment (Natural Resource Management); Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers)
Corruption Dynamics: The Golden Goose Effect

This study explores the impact of a golden goose effect on theft in the context of a statutory wage increase in India's employment guarantee program.

Researchers
Paul Niehaus, Sandip Sukhtankar
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods, - Difference-in-Differences, - Multivariate Regression
Locations
India (South Asia)
Development Topics
Education & Labor (Employment); Public Service (Corruption)
Productivity, Credit, Risk, and the Demand for Weather Index Insurance in Smallholder Agriculture in Ethiopia

Researchers examined whether and how linking Weather Index Insurance to credit affected the use of fertilizer.

Researchers
Craig McIntosh, Alexander Sarris, Ahmed Shukri et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Ethiopia (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Agriculture; Climate & Environment; Finance & Cash Transfers (Financial Services)
Innovative Finance for Agriculture Technology Adoption

Researchers are examining the effect of different credit and savings products on the adoption of fertilizer and hybrid seeds, farm productivity, and farmer spending on health, education, and food.

Researchers
Edward Miguel, Marshall Burke
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Kenya (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Financial Services); Agriculture
Young Adult Obesity and Household Income: Effects of Unconditional Cash Transfers

This study uses a quasi-experimental design to show that the effects of household cash transfers during childhood on young adult BMI differ depending on the household’s initial socioeconomic status.

Researchers
Randall Akee, Emilia Simeonova, William Copeland et al.
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods, Difference-in-Differences, Multivariate Regression
Locations
United States of America
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers); Health (Child Health)
Drought of Opportunities: Contemporaneous and Long Term Impacts of Rainfall Shocks on Human Capital

This study merged rainfall data with school testing outcomes to explore the impact of droughts on educational outcomes among children in various life stages.

Researchers
Manisha Shah, Bryce Millett Steinberg
Methodologies
Multivariate Regression
Locations
India (South Asia)
Development Topics
(Nutrition); Health (Maternal & Infant Health); Education & Labor (Early Childhood Development); Climate & Environment
Early Life Health Interventions and Academic Achievement

Parallel evaluations in Chile and Norway revealed that increased medical care provided to newborns with low birth weights reduced infant mortality and boosted academic achievement.

Researchers
Prashant Bharadwaj, Christopher Neilson, Katrine Vellesen Loken
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods, Regression Discontinuity
Locations
Chile (Latin America and the Caribbean); Norway
Development Topics
Health (Child Health); Education & Labor (Early Childhood Development; Primary & Secondary Education)