Xavier Gine, Dean Karlan / Philippines / 2010

From the abstract: "We find no increase in default and larger groups after three years in pre-existing areas, and no change in default but fewer groups created after two years in the expansion areas."

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. "

Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo / India / 2010

From the abstract: "This essay brings together some recent evidence which highlights some of the difficulties that will have to be faced by any government that is serious about improving health-care for the poor."

Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Rachel Glennerster and Dhruva Kothari / India / 2010

A field experiment in rural India demonstrates that reliability of healthcare supply improves immunization rates, but only modestly. "Small incentives have large positive impacts on the uptake of immunisation services in resource poor areas and are more cost effective than purely improving supply."

Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Rachel Glennerster / India / 2010

A randomized control trial of decentralized iron-fortified flour in India. The study found that while iron-fortified flour had a demonstrable impact on health, flour millers did not continue fortifying their flour and thus take-up tapered off as families did not continue requesting the miller to include iron.

Alejandro Drexler, Greg Fischer, Antoinette Schoar / Dominican Republic / 2010

From the abstract: "Two randomized trials test the impact of financial training on firm-level and individual outcomes for microentrepreneurs in the Dominican Republic. We find no significant effect from a standard, fundamentals-based accounting training. However, a simplified, rule-of-thumb training produced significant and economically meaningful improvements in business practices and outcomes."

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, Esther Duflo, Daniel Keniston, Nina Singh / India / 2010

Four interventions regarding police reform were randomized over 162 police stations across 11 districts of Rajasthan state. The intervention focused on reducing corruption and improving efficiency. Two of the four interventions - training and a freeze on transferring police between stations - had an effect.

Adrienne Lucas / Paraguay, Sri Lanka / 2010

Using malaria eradication campaigns as a quasi-experiment, the author finds that eradication of malaria in Paraguay and Sri Lanka had strong effects on educational attainment and literacy among women.