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    Publication - Policy Brief

    Can gender-transformative education make young men less violent?

    Violence against women and girls is pervasive in India. Working with young men from an early age to transform traditional gender norms has been proposed as a potential solution to reduce violence against women and girls. However, little is known about whether young men who are exposed to gender-transformative life skills education turn out to be less violent. This...

    27 Jul 2021 | K. Santhya, Francis Zavier

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    Cash and compliance with social distancing: Experimental evidence from Ghana

    Due to high population density, difficulty in enforcing compliance with social distancing and self-isolation, and economic vulnerability, the COVID-19 pandemic may be especially devastating for households in African countries. This project aims to understand the role that cash transfers can play as a policy tool both to increase household resilience during the pandemic...

    14 Jul 2021 | Chris Udry, Matt Lowe, Dean Karlan

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    Do endorsements by traditional leaders affect voter attitudes?

    Traditional leaders or chiefs are believed to wield significant influence on their subjects' civic engagement, political participation, and vote choice. Scholars argue that the source of their legitimacy – historical socio-cultural customs – and subjects' trust and reverence enable them to help elected officials mobilise citizens to contribute their labour to community...

    14 Jul 2021 | Sarah Brierley, George Ofosu

  • Publication - Project Report

    Práticas de gestão em escolas secundárias em Moçambique

    Este estudo tem como objectivo caracterizar as práticas de gestão escolar existentes em escolas secundárias em Moçambique. Durante os últimos dez anos, o World Management Survey (WMS), iniciativa da London School of Economics (LSE), tem realizado pesquisas, com uma metodologia específica, sobre práticas de gestão em mais de vinte países e em diferentes sectores,...

    17 Jun 2021 | Sandra Sequeira, Guo Xu, Daniela Scur

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Increasing property tax compliance in Liberia: Evidence on the role of detection and enforcement capacity

    Many developing countries suffer from low tax collection rates. Broadening the tax base and effectively enforcing tax liabilities is crucial for economic and political development. Property tax compliance in Liberia is limited: an estimated 5% to 10% of properties are registered on the tax roll. Year-on-year compliance for registered properties is also weak.  ...

    10 Jun 2021 | Oyebola Olabisi

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Effective monitoring to improve the quality of teaching and learning in Freetown

    Effective monitoring of schools is essential to ensure schools are safe environments for children and are delivering a minimum standard of education. Freetown City Council (FCC) has no school monitoring system in place; schools are not routinely supervised which is resulting in a lack of necessary oversight and accountability. The aim of this project is to collect...

    10 Jun 2021 | David Frank Johnson

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    Tracking the real-time effects of COVID-19 on savings and lending in Rwanda

    A growing and extensive literature has been tracking the economic effects of COVID-19 using real-time data coming mostly from private sector providers, looking mostly at mobility measures, labour market dynamics and consumption patterns (Chen et al. 2020; Chetty et al. 2020). However, this literature mostly focuses on the US and Europe, with much less available about the...

    4 Jun 2021 | JoséeLuis Peydro, Andrea Presbitero, Patrick Hitayezu, Franklin Allen

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Persuasion and public health: Evidence from an experiment with religious leaders during COVID-19 in Pakistan

    We use a Randomised Controlled Trial in Pakistan to test whether one-on-one engagement with community religious leaders can encourage them to instruct congregants to comply with public health guidelines when attending religious gatherings. Treated religious leaders are 25% more likely to tell a "mystery shopper" he must wear a mask to attend. Treatment effects are driven...

    3 Jun 2021 | Katherine Vyborny

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    Compliance, accountability, and the social contract: Studying the impacts of property tax reform in Sierra Leone

    Since the 1980s, growing interest in the potential benefits of decentralisation in the developing world reflect the potential to increase the efficiency and accountability of government operations. Yet, while there has been much attention to the potential benefits of decentralisation, results in practice have been much more mixed. A largely overlooked explanation is that...

    20 May 2021 | Wilson Prichard

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    The design of anti-poverty interventions for the ultra-poor: Asset transfers or cash transfers?

    A major challenge faced by governments in low-income countries is to permanently alleviate households from poverty. Recent evidence suggests that the “Targeting the Ultrapoor” (TUP) program pioneered by BRAC in Bangladesh has proven effective and portable across settings (Banerjee et al., 2015; Bandiera et al., 2017). As a result, there has been growing interest in the...

    20 May 2021 | Imran Rasul