Daniel Chen / Indonesia / 2010

The author "exploit[s] relative price shocks induced by the Indonesian ?nancial crisis to demonstrate a causal relationship between economic distress and religious intensity (Koran study and Islamic school attendance) that is weaker for other forms of group identity."

Grant Miller / Colombia / 2010

Exploiting the haphazard expansion of Colombia's family planning program, PROFAMILIA, the author found that postponing firth births enabled women to "obtain more education, work more, and live independently in later life."

Cost and Convenience: The Impact of ATM Card Provision on Formal Savings Account Use in Kenya
Simone Schaner / Kenya / 2010
Debt Cycles
Dean Karlan, Sendhil Mullainathan / 2010

The authors observe that vegetable vendors in India and the Philippines frequently take high interest, one day loans for purchasing their inventories. Since reducing the amount borrowed each day has such high returns, they seek to understand why borrowers are not able to pay down their debt over time. They randomly provide borrowers with cash grants of the same size as the recurring principal of their daily loans to better understand this phenomenon.

Debt Cycles
Dean Karlan, Sendhil Mullainathan / 2010
Michael Specter / Global / 2010

An examination of ideological inflexibility and the consequences when it replaces open-minded rational skepticism.

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

Abhijit Banerjee, Selvan Kumar, Rohini Pande, Felix Su / India / 2010

From the abstract: "Do informational de?cits on the part of voters sustain poor quality of governance in low income countries? We provide experimental evidence on the role of public disclosures on candidate quality and incumbent performance in enhancing electoral accountability

Erica Field, Seema Jayachandran, Rohini Pande / India / 2010

The authors examine the relationship between social restrictions and the ability to benefit from a business training; specifically, how religious community and its relative restrictions may impact women's benefits of the training program. The more highly restricted women in the Hindu community benefited from the training; the restricted women in the Muslim community did not.

David Cutler, Winnie Fung, Michael Kremer, Monica Singhal and Tom Vogl / India / 2010

Exploiting variation in malaria prevalence during India's eradication program, malaria exposure as children has modest effects on consumption for prime age men. Educational attainment is unaffected for men, and results are mixed for women.