Informing Policy: Gender Differences in Health Outcomes

Parul Agarwal, Misha Sharma | March 15, 2005

This policy note summarises key findings from a study that attempts to examine whether there exists gender differentials in the seeking and treatment of eye care.

Improving the Use of Health Products: A Sales Experiment with Chlorine Tablets in India

Camille Boudot, Anita Mukherjee | March 14, 2005

In this paper, the authors present findings from a study that tested a door-to-door marketing intervention aimed to increase use of a tar- geted health product, in our setting chlorine tablets for drinking water purification. Specifically, they examine three treatments in which this good is: (1) sold alone, (2) sold alongside a familiar and cheaper side good that is priced at its retail value; and (3) sold alongside the same side good that is priced on a promotional offer.

Repayment Flexibility in Microfinance Contracts: Theory and Experimental Evidence on Take-up and Selection

Giorgia Barboni | March 13, 2005

This paper studies the impact of introducing repayment flexibility in microfinance contracts. The author builds an adverse selection model that predicts the existence of a separating equilibrium where lenders are able to achieve higher profits by simultaneously offering a rigid and a flexible repayment schedule, instead of just a rigid contract.

A Blueprint for the Delivery of Comprehensive Financial Services to the Poor in India

Bindu Ananth, Bastavee Barooah, Rupalee Ruchismita, Aparna Bhatnagar | January 6, 2004

This paper attempts to articulate a new vision for the scaled delivery of comprehensive financial services to the rural and urban poor of India. The strategies suggested in the document draw heavily on the lessons from previous experiences in this sector both here in India and other international markets.