Increasing Women’s Participation in Community-based Livelihoods Interventions

Deepti Kc, Kalrav Acharya, Rajat Mookherjee

This report presents findings and lessons learnt from an assessment of the Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project – Jeevika.

Futures Prices Information for Small and Medium Farmers

Samik Adhikari, Gautam Gustav Bastian, Shawn Cole and David Yanagizawa-Drott

This policy paper reports on a series of interventions designed to enable farmers to use information from futures markets with the goal of helping them improve agricultural planning and decision-making, reduce their risk exposure, and increase harvest time revenue.

Social Networks and Microfinance

Abhijit Banerjee, Arun G. Chandrasekhar, Esther Duflo and Matthew Jackson

The study of how network structures influence economic activity is increasingly becoming the subject of interest within Development Economics. This note summarises patterns of social interaction influence an individual’s economic behaviour including employment, career choice, consumption, investment, risk sharing and … Read More

Can Workfare Serve as a Substitute for Weather Insurance? The Case of NREGA in Andhra Pradesh

Doug Johnson

In this paper, the authors attempt to assess whether a recently enacted workfare program in India, the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), allowed potential participants to mitigate the effects of weather shocks by investigating whether participation levels in the … Read More

The Importance of Hold-up in Contracting : Evidence from a Field Experiment

Rajkamal Iyer, Antoinette Schoar

This paper explores how the relationship specificity of an investment affects the ex-ante structure of contracts and the ex-post resolution of an ensuing hold-up problem.

Microfinance Bill 2007

Minakshi Ramji, Yusuke Taishi

On 20th March 2007, the Union Government introduced the Micro Financial Sector Development and Regulation Bill 2007 in the Lok Sabha – the lower house in the parliament of India. If passed, this bill may change the way in which … Read More

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

Camille Boudot, Anita Mukherjee

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 … Read More