Eric Gould, Victor Lavy, Daniele Paserman / Israel / 2011

From the abstract: "This paper estimates the effect of the early childhood environment on a large array of social and economic outcomes lasting almost 60 years. To do this, we exploit variation in the living conditions experienced by Yemenite children after being airlifted to Israel in 1949."

Richard Akresh, Emilie Bagby, Damien de Walque, Harounan Kazianga / Burkina Faso / 2010

From the abstract: "Using data we collected in rural Burkina Faso, we examine how children

Emily Oster, Bryce Millett / India / 2010

From the abstract: "We find that introducing a new ITES center results in a 5.7% increase in number of children enrolled; these effects are extremely localized

Robert Jensen / India / 2010

A randomized evaluation of providing jobs in rural India: "we provided three years of recruiting services to help young women in randomly selected Indian villages get jobs in the business process outsourcing industry. Girls in treatment villages were more likely to be in school and had greater measured BMI."

Roland Fryer / USA / 2010

From the abstract: "This paper describes a series of school-based randomized trials in over 250 urban schools designed to test the impact of ?nancial incentives on student achievement. In stark contrast to simple economic models, our results suggest that student incentives increase achievement when the rewards are given for inputs to the educational production function, but incentives tied to output are not effective."

Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo / Global / 2010

From the abstract: "We show extensive evidence, culled from the microdevelopment literature, demonstrating that the assumption of optimal resource allocation fails radically. The key fact is the enormous heterogeneity of rates of return to the same factor within a single economy, a heterogeneity that dwarfs the cross-country heterogeneity in the economy-wide average return. "

Uwezo Kenya / Kenya / 2010

From the abstract: "The assessment [of basic literacy and numeracy] was carried out in 70 out of the 158 districts in Kenya. A total of 2029 villages, 40386 households and 102,666 children aged 3-16 years were reached and 168945 children age 6-16 years tested. 4200 volunteers and 70 partner organizations were involved in the survey."

Esther Duflo / Global / 2010

An overview of different results in health and education from RCTs around the world.

Abhijit Banerjee, Rukmini Banerji, Esther Duflo, Rachel Glennerster, Stuti Khemani / India / 2010

From the abstract: "This paper evaluates three different interventions to encourage beneficiaries' participation through these committees: providing information, training community members in a new testing tool, and training and organizing volunteers to hold remedial reading camps for illiterate children. We find that these interventions had no impact on community involvement in public schools, and no impact on teacher effort or learning outcomes in those schools."