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The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a network of affiliated professors from over forty universities. Our mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. We do this through research, policy outreach, and training across six regional offices worldwide.
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Jan 5, 2018
Schaner, Simone, 2018, "The Persistent Power of Behavioral Change: Long-Run Impacts of Temporary Savings Subsidies for the Poor", doi:10.7910/DVN/OXKJ92, Harvard Dataverse, V1
I use a field experiment in rural Kenya to study how temporary incentives to save impact long-run economic outcomes. Study participants randomly selected to receive large temporary interest rates on an individual bank account had significantly more income and assets 2.5 years aft...
Dec 14, 2017
Galiani, Sebastian; Gertler, Paul; Ajzenman, Nicolás; Orsola-Vidal, Alexandra, 2017, "Promoting Handwashing Behavior: The Effects of Large-Scale Community and School-Level Interventions", doi:10.7910/DVN/0OTVLH, Harvard Dataverse, V1
This paper analyzes a randomized experiment that uses novel strategies to promote handwashing with soap at critical points in time in Peru. It evaluates a large-scale comprehensive initiative that involved both community and school activities in addition to communication campaign...
Nov 28, 2017
Dupas, Pascaline; Huillery, Elise; Seban, Juliette, 2017, "Risk information, risk salience, and adolescent sexual behavior: Experimental evidence from Cameroon", doi:10.7910/DVN/MLVGY9, Harvard Dataverse, V1
Why do teenagers take risks and what can be done about it? Results from a randomized experiment conducted with teenage schoolgirls in Cameroon suggest that risky sexual behavior responds to both risk mitigation information and risk salience. We find that sexual education sessions...
Oct 31, 2017
Sautmann, Anja; Schaner, Simone, 2017, "Incentives for Accurate Diagnosis: Improving Health Care Quality in Mali", doi:10.7910/DVN/CLGN7Z, Harvard Dataverse, V1
This data on doctor-patient interactions and malaria treatment was collected for the project "Incentives for Accurate Diagnosis: Improving Health Care Quality in Mali" funded by DfiD/ESRC Development Frontier Award ES/N00583X/1.
Oct 25, 2017
Pons, Vincent, 2017, "Will a Five-Minute Discussion Change Your Mind? A Countrywide Experiment on Vote Choice in France", doi:10.7910/DVN/UPXUQB, Harvard Dataverse, V1
This paper provides the first estimate of the effect of door-to-door canvassing on actual electoral outcomes, via a countrywide experiment embedded in François Hollande's campaign in the 2012 French presidential election. While existing experiments randomized door-to-door visits...
Oct 23, 2017
Braconnier, Céline; Dormage, Jean-Yves; Pons, Vincent, 2017, "Voter Registration Costs and Disenfranchisement: Experimental Evidence from France", doi:10.7910/DVN/ILZ5QL, Harvard Dataverse, V2
A large-scale randomized experiment conducted during the 2012 French presidential and parliamentary elections shows that voter registration requirements have significant effects on turnout, resulting in unequal participation.We assigned 20,500 apartments to one control or six tre...
Oct 6, 2017
Alatas, Vivi; Banerjee, Abhijit; Hanna, Rema; Olken, Benjamin; Purnamasari, Ririn; Wai-Poi, Matthew, 2017, "Self-Targeting: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Indonesia", doi:10.7910/DVN/6ZUIUC, Harvard Dataverse, V1
This paper shows that adding a small application cost to transfer program can substantially improve targeting through self-selection. Our village-level experiment in Indonesia finds that requiring beneficiaries to apply for benefits results in substantially poorer beneficiaries t...
Oct 3, 2017
Dupas, Pascaline; Keats, Anthony; Robinson, Jonathan, 2017, "The Effect of Savings Accounts on Interpersonal Financial Relationships: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Rural Kenya", doi:10.7910/DVN/WBD2QD, Harvard Dataverse, V1
The welfare impact of expanding access to bank accounts depends on whether accounts crowd out pre-existing financial relationships, or whether private gains from accounts are shared within social networks. In this experiment, we provided free bank accounts to a random subset of 8...
Sep 16, 2017
Banerjee, Abhijit; Banerji, Rukmini; Duflo, Esther; Kannan, Harini; Mukherji, Shobhini; Shotland, Marc; Berry, James; Walton, Michael, 2017, "From Proof of Concept to Scalable Policies: Challenges and Solutions, with an Application", doi:10.7910/DVN/DUBA3J, Harvard Dataverse, V1
The promise of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) is that evidence gathered through the evaluation of a specific program helps us—possibly after several rounds of fine-tuning and multiple replications in different contexts—to inform policy. However, critics have pointed out that...
Jul 11, 2017
Galiani, Sebastian; Meléndez, Marcela; Navajas, Camila, 2017, "On the Effect of the Costs of Operating Formally: New Experimental Evidence", doi:10.7910/DVN/LLKSIA, Harvard Dataverse, V1, UNF:6:sng3qEojgF+cetf3zPmddg==
This paper analyzes the impact of the elimination of the initial fixed costs of registration on the decision of informal firms to operate formally in Bogotá, Colombia. The Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá (CCB) conducts workshops for prospective formal-sector entrants and arranges p...
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