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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Lessons learned from a scale-up of a seasonal migration RCT in Bangladesh

    When development programmes expand from small-scale evaluations to large-scale implementation, the increase in size requires new administration and management practices. Project administration can potentially limit the effectiveness of programmes at scale even if there are few changes in implementation and delivery of service. In 2017, in partnership with Evidence...

    15 Nov 2019 | Gharad Bryan, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Karim Naguib, Maira Reimao, Ashish Shenoy

  • Blog post

    Non-price energy conservation and household energy consumption: Experimental evidence from Bangladesh

    Household electricity consumption accounts for 40% of global energy related CO2 emissions and this is expected to grow globally by 58% by 2030 if no measures are introduced (Rasul & Hollywood 2012).  Residential energy consumption is also made worse by a supply-demand mismatch in developing countries. Bangladesh Bangladesh is rated the 6th most vulnerable nation to...

    13 Sep 2019 | Ahsanuzzaman A, Liang Choon Wang, Asad Islam

  • Blog post

    Can the microcredit model be improved?

    The long-term impact of microcredit on peoples’ lives is limited: new research reveals it can help more people by modifying and extending its model. Microcredit is frequently touted as an effective policy tool to fight global poverty. Its global profile was elevated in 2006 when Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank won the Nobel Peace Prize for pioneering microcredit....

    30 Jul 2019 | Vikas Dimble, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak

  • Blog post

    Adapting to climate change through temporary migration in Bangladesh

    With climate change, we are seeing more extreme weather events and increasingly frequent hazards, putting agriculture and rural livelihoods at ever greater risk. Temporary migration can help households withstand these types of short-term hardships and income deficits, and may be a viable mechanism for adapting “in place” to changing environmental conditions. However,...

    29 May 2019 | Joyce Chen, Nazmul Hassan

  • Data Item

    Data: Researching the impact of manager characteristics in bureaucracies

    We study how the management practices bureaucrats operate under correlate with the quantity of public services delivered, using data from the Nigerian Civil Service. We have hand‐coded independent engineering assessments of 4,700 project completion rates. We supplement this with a management survey in the bureaucracies responsible for these projects, building on Bloom and...

    7 May 2019

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Group size and collective action: Evidence from Bangladesh

    15 Apr 2019 | Serena Cocciolo, Ahsan Habib, Anna Tompsett

  • Data Item

    Data: Effects of climate change on low-lying and flood-prone areas: The case of Bangladesh

    Exposure to abnormal floods is believed to have negative short- and long-term consequences for welfare and health in poor countries, and such impacts are likely to grow worse with continued anthropogenic climate change. However, two common proxies for flood exposure, self-reported exposure and rainfall, are problematic. This paper describes a method for constructing...

    1 Mar 2019

  • Data Item

    Data: Encouraging seasonal migration to mitigate the consequences of a seasonal famine in rural Bangladesh

    Hunger during pre-harvest lean seasons is widespread in the agrarian areas of Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. We randomly assign an $8.50 incentive to households in rural Bangladesh to out-migrate during the lean season. The incentive induces 22% of households to send a seasonal migrant, their consumption at the origin increases significantly, and treated households are 8-10...

    1 Mar 2019

  • Data Item

    Data: Training productivity, and upgrading: Pilot of evaluation of female and supervisor training programs in the Bangladesh apparel sector

    We marketed a training program for lower level managers (line supervisors) to large factories in the Bangladeshi ready-made garment industry. Take-up of the program (even for a free slot) was low, due to intense production pressures, fire-fighting and concerns over retention of trained workers. Take-up is quite insensitive to pricing. There was higher interest and demand in...

    27 Feb 2019

  • Case Study: Firms

    Increasing women’s participation in the workforce

    Our research indicates that access to education, finance, and transportation can help increase women's independence and participation in the labour force.

    27 Feb 2019