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    Gender peer effects in the labour market: A field experiment in Indian call centers

    Does the gender of one’s co-worker or peers have an impact on labour productivity? In the setting of developed countries, this question has been probed primarily in laboratory/classroom experiments. However, this research question is particularly important in traditionally patriarchal societies where gender is salient. Gender segregation exists in many societies across...

    23 Nov 2020 | Deepshikha Batheja

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    Exploratory study in artisanal small-scale mining in Liberia

    Although Liberia has significant mineral wealth, due to the informality of the artisanal and small-scale mining sector (ASM), and a limited government capacity to monitor it, the country cannot maximise the revenue from the exploitation of non-renewable resources. The Liberian Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) currently relies on underpaid agents and volunteers to monitor...

    15 Nov 2020 | Graeme Blair, Darin Christensen

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    Safety in numbers? Free public transportation for women and women’s safety

    Delhi exhibits low female mobility rates, at the same time, public transport is a hostile environment for women due to widespread sexual harassment. About 89% of female university students in Delhi reported experiencing sexual harassment while travelling in the city. To improve mobility and indirectly improve safety, the Delhi government announced a policy to make bus...

    12 Nov 2020 | Dev Patel, Girija Borker, Gabriel Kreindler

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    Gender-based violence and police reform: Evaluating a gender-based violence and sensitisation training programme

    The project aims to study the role of policing quality in addressing gender-based violence (GBV). The goal is to assess and showcase the efficacy of a novel policing intervention programme in the Indian state of Bihar, which aims to shape police attitudes towards gender and performance towards GBV crimes. The intervention will provide GBV and gender-sensitisation training...

    12 Nov 2020 | Nathan Fiala, Girija Borker, Nishith Prakash, Sofia Amaral, Maria Sviatschi, Ranjit Mishra

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    Women as agents of change: How has women’s political mobilisation restructured political networks and changed local governance?

    The structure of political networks and relationships have consequences for how communities are governed; for the quality of public schools, the construction of infrastructure, and the fairness of access to public benefits. Political networks in Bihar, India vary across the state and are in transition from traditional clientelist relationships and caste-based identities...

    10 Nov 2020 | Soledad Artiz Prillaman, Jonathan Phillips

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    Electricity as a growth constraint for small and medium enterprises in Bihar state, India

    The reliability and access to electricity remain a challenge across much of rural India despite rapidly growing grid electrification rates. Small and medium-sized firms represent one-third of businesses in low-income countries but are also the most vulnerable to bad electric supply. A study conducted in four rural Indian states found that only 65% of firms are connected to...

    9 Nov 2020 | Johannes Urpelainen, Michaël Aklin, Setu Pelz

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    Do bureaucrats acculturate? Evidence from a long-running natural experiment in India

    This project explores the extent cultural norms around corruption and inaction are adopted over time by bureaucrats. By utilising the random assignment of elite bureaucrats to states with varying cultures of corruption and inaction, the team studies how the bureaucrat’s environment influences their preferences, values, and behaviour. Inaction and corruption of...

    9 Nov 2020 | Nishith Prakash, Raymond J. Fisman, Matt Lowe

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    Fostering adoption and productive use of electricity in rural Rwanda

    More than 700 million people worldwide lack access to electricity, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, which hosts more than 70% of the world’s non-electrified population. To reach the United Nations’ SDG 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all) by 2030, a big electrification push in Africa is needed. Rural electrification programs,...

    1 Nov 2020 | Nathan Fiala, Lise Masselus, Anicet Munyehirwe, Jörg Peters , Maximiliane Sievert

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    Economic impacts of COVID-19 on workers and firms in Bangladesh's garment sector

    The COVID-19 pandemic is striking the global apparel value chain extremely hard from multiple directions. Apparel sectors in developing countries, which play critical roles in these countries’ industrialisation and economic growth, are arguably most vulnerable to this shock. In Bangladesh, where the apparel sector constitutes more than 80% of exports, the Bangladesh...

    1 Nov 2020 | Laura Boudreau, Farria Naeem, Rachel Heath

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    Gauging the impact of land-use regulation in developing countries

    Cities in all countries of the world engage in the regulation of land-use. There is evidence that many cities restrict building heights. In doing so, they constrain office and housing supply, thus raising office and housing costs, and reducing productivity and welfare. While such regulations may have major consequences for urban poverty, there is little data on how they...

    1 Nov 2020 | Remi Jedwab, Jan Brueckner, Jason Barr