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    The real effects of electronic wage payments

    27 Mar 2017 | Emily Breza, Martin Kanz, Leora Klapper

  • Blog post

    Women’s economic opportunities: What can South Asian countries learn from each other?

    When women make their own money – or even when they have the option to work for a fair wage – their health, power in the domestic sphere, and position in society all improve, and parents begin to invest more in the health and education of their daughters. A wide range of research from South Asia and across the world has shown this. For example, a study in India...

    22 Mar 2017 | Charity Troyer Moore, Vestal McIntyre

  • Blog post

    Barriers to labour migration in Bangladesh’s garment sector

    A rigorous randomised controlled trial (RCT) impact study shows how a targeted training-programme, stipend and on-the-job training (OJT) intervention may have a significant effect on worker participation in Bangladesh’s ready-made garments (RMG) sector. Interestingly, training is only effective in increasing participation in the sector when it is bundled with a stipend,...

    15 Mar 2017 | Abu Shonchoy

  • Blog post

    Employer-sponsored health insurance: low premiums, low savings

    We study the impacts of an employer-sponsored health insurance policy giving modest coverage for in-patient hospitalisation in Bangladesh. There are no evident out-of-pocket cost savings, but there are changes in health care seeking behaviour consistent with the incentives of the programme. Higher premiums for broader coverage may realise higher savings. Bangladesh, like...

    9 Mar 2017 | Atonu Rabbani, Malabika Sarker

  • Project

    Mechanisms of participatory development: Fairness norms and value of participation

    Community participation has emerged as one of the dominant approaches in the development sector and it is viewed as an effective way to incorporate local knowledge into planning, implementation and monitoring of interventions, and to reinforce stakeholders' sense of ownership over project assets. However, the existing evidence on the effectiveness of...

    25 Jan 2017 | Selene Ghisolfi, Serena Cocciolo, Jakob Svensson

  • Event

    Social network, referrals and technology adoption: Randomised field experiments using System of Rice Intensification (SRI)

    IGC Bangladesh, together with the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) of the Ministry of Agriculture, hosted a seminar on 15th January to disseminate the findings of the IGC commissioned study "Social network, referrals and technology adoption: Randomized field experiments using Systems of Rice Intensification (SRI)". The study, led by Professor Asadul Islam...

    15 January 2017

  • Project

    Understanding workers’ knowledge of working conditions in Bangladeshi garment factories

    The garment industry has revolutionised the lives of many people, particularly women, in Bangladesh.  Women have received greater educational investments and postponed marriage and childbearing, and achieved better autonomy household decision-making, the choice of spouse, and the choice to leave abusive marriages.  However, these workers can also face very tough working...

    9 Jan 2017 | Laura Boudreau, Rachel Heath

  • Event

    Mobile banking and remittances: Evidence from Bangladesh readymade garments sector

    The International Growth Centre (IGC) and BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University hosted a dissemination seminar on ‘Mobile Banking and Remittances: Evidence from Bangladesh Readymade Garments sector’ on 18 December 2016 in Dhaka. The seminar was chaired by Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, Country Director, IGC Bangladesh and Dr. Abu Shonchoy...

    18 December 2016

  • Project

    The real effects of electronic wage payments: An experiment with salaried factory workers in Bangladesh

    This study investigated whether employers can assist their workers in developing basic financial capability through the use of electronic wage payments. We tested whether direct deposits have an effect on workers’ savings, remittances, consumption and use of credit. Digital wage payments increased savings and the ability to cope with unanticipated shocks. All...

    24 Nov 2016 | Emily Breza, Martin Kanz, Leora Klapper

  • Project

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

    This study tested how an improvement in the ability to smooth income (either through changes in the frequency of wage payments or the availability of a short-term savings product) affects worker productivity. We designed a randomised controlled trial (RCT) that varied the income stream of Bangladeshi garment workers over time by offering a bonus payment of 10-15% to...

    24 Nov 2016 | Emily Breza, Martin Kanz, Leora Klapper