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Remittances and the Problem of Control: A Field Experiment among Migrants from El Salvador
This research used a randomized field experiment to investigate the importance of migrant control over the use of remittances. Partnering with a large Salvadoran bank, researchers offered Salvadoran migrants to the US the opportunity to channel remittances into savings accounts in their home country. [More]

Innovative Methods to Manage Risk: Technological Solutions for Small-Scale Farmers in India
This project developed, offered, and evaluated innovative solutions to help farmers manage risk, make efficient planting decisions, and receive the maximum return on their investment. In this large, multi-year effort, researchers focused on three sustainable and scalable interventions for farmers. [More]

Political Mobilization in Coastal India: A Randomized Field Experiment on the Impact of Television on Voting Behavior
This research examined the effect of television information campaigns on voters in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It used a randomized experiment to evaluate the role of nonpartisan information campaigns delivered via cable television in the run-up to the March 2009 elections. These information campaigns featured television ads that present non-partisan information about candidate qualifications and past performance, which are compared to electoral outcomes in treatment and control villages to identify how voters respond to media campaigns. [More]

Improving Access to Credit for the Rural Poor in India
This research used two randomized experiments that examined how to improve access to financing for the rural poor in the Tumkur District of India. The first intervention offered various uncollateralized loan products with different conditions to the rural population, and collected data to understand both loan product design and the characteristics of individuals who take up the loan. [More]

Self-Help Groups for Empowering Adolescent Girls in Bangladesh
The study evaluated the impact of a program to encourage adolescent girls in rural Bangladesh to form self-help groups for savings and borrowing, in which they put aside regular amounts of income into a savings pool with peers from the same village. The "Safe Savings" project assists adolescent girls in managing financial resources given their inexperience in resource management and no access to formal savings institutions. [More]