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  • Blog post

    Electronic salary payment for better financial planning in Bangladesh

    Electronic payments smooth consumption by reducing transaction costs and avoiding drops in consumption at the end of the month, thereby generating welfare benefits for workers and business. However, this is dependent on the timing of the payment. Low-income households around the world face the challenge of budgeting their monthly lump-sum salary payment until the next...

    28 Feb 2018 | Emily Breza, Martin Kanz, Leora Klapper

  • Blog post

    The economic gender gap in the garment sector in Bangladesh and Ghana

    An oversupply of female entrepreneurs results in fewer opportunities for women. This is compounded by higher costs of changing jobs for women due to household responsibilities, and promotion rates being significantly lower for females than males. The gender gap and economic participation The findings of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) research on closing the gender gap...

    31 Jan 2018 | Laura Sili

  • Project

    Demand-driven, private sector enforcement of labour law in Bangladesh

    Global supply chains often extend into weak states with limited social and environmental regulations and with little formal enforcement of existing regulations. Integration into global supply chains provides benefits to firms and workers in these countries (Tanaka, 2016; Atkin et al., 2016). But lack of regulation and lack of enforcement of existing regulation also carry...

    25 Jan 2018 | Noam Yuchtman, Laura Boudreau

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Scarcity at the end of the month: A field experiment with garment factory workers in Bangladesh

    Dealing with sudden, unpredicted financial costs such as health expenses or unemployment poses a particular challenge for people living in the poorest households, whose income often barely allows them to get by. In Bangladesh, many garment factory workers struggle to make their incomes stretch until the next payday, forcing them to seek credit, often from informal...

    19 Jan 2018 | Emily Breza, Martin Kanz, Leora Klapper

  • Project

    The impact on cities of a large-scale rural migration programme in Bangladesh

    Seasonal hunger is perhaps the biggest challenge to the reduction of global poverty that has remained largely under the radar. About three hundred million of the world’s rural population live above the poverty line but still suffer from seasonal income insecurity, which occurs between planting and harvest when the demand for agricultural labour falls and the price of food...

    12 Jan 2018 | Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Ashish Shenoy, Maira Reimao

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Poverty and migration in the digital age: Experimental evidence on mobile banking in Bangladesh

    7 Dec 2017 | Jean N. Lee, Jonathan Morduch, Saravana Ravindranx , Abu Shonchoy, Hassan Zaman

  • Blog post

    Microfinance in Bangladesh: Flexibility, growth and client type

    Increased loan flexibility for clients with a good credit history improves client satisfaction and socio-economic status. It also attracts highly productive entrepreneurs who want to expand their business to take a loan, making this approach a win-win. Microfinance has been heralded as an effective pro-poor policy instrument to ease the problem of credit rationing....

    15 Nov 2017 | Selim Gulesci, Andreas Madestam, Marianna Battaglia

  • Case Study: Firms

    Transforming the lives of the ultra-poor

    In a long running evaluation, we found that a ground breaking 'graduation' programme is highly effective in lifting households out of extreme poverty.

    20 Oct 2017

  • Case Study: State

    No lean season: Migration to escape seasonal famine

    Our randomised experiment incentivised rural Bangladeshis to migrate temporarily to cities during the annual ‘lean season’, impacting consumption and migration rates.

    20 Oct 2017