Weiss Fund Awards, 2012 - 2019

Spring 2019

Gautam Rao, Frank Schilbach, Kevin Carney, Lisa Ho
Barriers to Take-up of Mental Health Treatment 

Reshmaan Hussam, Erin Kelley, Gregory Lane, Fatima Zahra 
The Psychosocial Impacts of Forced Idleness in Refugee Camps

Niharika Singh
Leveraging “Big Data” to Empower Jobseekers: An Experiment with an Online Job Portal

Louise Paul-Delvaux, Arielle Bernhadt 
Breaking up Social Networks: Evidence on Welfare Impacts from the Resettlement of Rohingya Refugees     

Isabel MacDonald        
Managerial vs. Human Capital Training    

Allan Hsiao        
Deforestation and the Palm Oil Industry in Indonesia

Garima Sharma    
Interlinked Contracts & Trader Market Power in Agriculture

Bhumi Purohit, Thad Dunning 
Impact of Male Bureaucratic Culture on Substantive Representation of Women

Jedediah Silver, Ethan Ligon
Optimality and Distributional Effects of Heterogeneous Savings Groups

Wei Lin, Marco Gonzalez-Navarro, Ao Wang 
Reducing Yield Gap and Environmental Damage by Helping Smallholders Use Less Fertilizer

Supreet Kaur, Heather Schofield 
Sustained Attention as Human Capital

Jeremy Magruder, Ariel Zucker, Nick Hagerty
Measuring Demand for Groundwater Irrigation: Experimental Evidence from Conservation Payments

Nina Buchmann, Paula Lopez Pena, Atonu Rabbani
The Economics of Domestic Violence: Evidence from Bangladesh

Fall 2018

Namrata Kala
How Do Environmental Firm Location Policies Affect Workers, Firms, and Environmental Quality?

Jose Flor Toro, Eduardo Campillo-Betancourt
Refugees and Exports in Haiti

Robert Fletcher
The Allocation of Medical Professionals

Pascaline Dupas, Seema Jayachandran, Mark Walsh
Promoting Infant-Directed Speech in Ghana

Oren Reshef, Laura Boudreau, Sakib Mahmood
Social Norms, Technology Adoption, and Team Productivity

Ned Augenblick, Supreet Kaur
Understanding Consumption Seasonality in Zambia

Matthew Pecenco, Carlos Schmidt-Padilla
The Difference a Job Makes: Evidence from a Random Procurement Scheme

Anirvan Chowdhury
Conservative Parties and Women's Political Mobilization: Evidence from India



2017 - 2018

Manuel Melendez-Sanchez, Matthew Pecenco, and Carlos Schmidt-Padilla
Violent Crime and Police Recruiting: Evidence from El Salvador

Radhika Jain and Pascaline Dupas
The Effects of Increasing Public Subsidies to Private Hospitals: Evidence from a Policy Change in Rajasthan, India

Gautam Rao, Frank Schilbach, Johannes Haushofer, and Vikram Patel
The Economic Consequences of Depression

Kunal Mangal
The Value of Non-Work Time for Government Jobseekers in India

Abraham Holland
Testing Options for Citizen-centric Reconstruction in Nepal

Aicha Ben Dhia and Alicia Marguerie
Do online platforms make labor markets more inclusive? Evidence from three West African countries

Travis Baseler
Information Asymmetries and the Perceived Returns to Migration: Experimental Evidence from Kenya

Odyssia Ng and Solène Delecourt
Unpacking the Gender Profit Gap: Evidence from Micro-Businesses in India

Thiago Scot and Mehmet Seflek
Entrepreneurs without Enterprises: Organizational Forms of Micro-enterprises

Benjamin Krause and Jeremy Magruder
Taxation Toward Representation: Evidence from (Re)starting Municipal Tax Collection and Voter Participation in Haiti

Piyush Panigrahi
Geography and Supply Chain Organization: Theory and Evidence from India

Nicholas Otis
Development Intervention Forecasting

Susanna Berkouwer and Joshua Dean
Behavioral and market determinants of household energy efficiency in a development context


Elizabeth Spink
Consumer valuation of piped water connections

Ashri Anurudran
Evaluation of I-M-POWER Sexual Violence Prevention Program in Kisumu, Kenya

Emily Breza, Arun Chandrasekhar, M. R. Sharan
Affirmative Action, Attitudes and Social Networks: Evidence from Caste-Based Reservation in India

Sharan Mamidipudi, Chinmayaent Kumar  
Bridging the Gap: Improving Grievance Redressal Mechanisms in Rural India

Allan Hsiao    
Decentralization and Public Goods Provision: Evidence from Healthcare in Indonesia

Chris Udry, Dean Karlan    
Graduating the Ultra Poor in Ghana

Nano Barahona, Sebastian Otero
Unequal Returns to Higher Education

Solene Delecourt, Odyssia Ng
Unpacking the Gender Profit Gap: Evidence from Micro-Businesses in India

Jeremy Magruder
The Economics of Women’s Entrepreneurship: Intergenerational Spillovers of Economic Empowerment

Christina Brown, Tahir Andrabi
Incentive and Sorting Effects of Performance Pay

Nicholas Kuipers
Citizen Feedback Loops: Improving Public Service Delivery through Bureaucratic Accountability

Benjamin Krause
Taxation Toward Representation: Public Goods Provision, Tax Collection, and Democratic Accountability in Haiti

Oren Reshef, Laura Boudreau, Sakib Mahmood    
Social Norms and Firm Productivity: Evidence from Bangladeshi Garment Factories


2016 - 2017

Martin Mattsson
Digitizing citizen-state communication: The effects of “less-paper” government offices on government service provision in Bangladesh

Fiona Burlig and Louis Preonas
Private and Social Costs of Power Outages in Small Enterprises: Evidence from Urban India

Tanu Kumar and Pradeep Chhibber
The impact of low-income housing programs on political and economic behavior: a randomized evaluation from Mumbai, Maharashtra

Madeline McKelway
Unlearning Helplessness: Locus of Control and Women's Labor Supply

Roman Andres Zarate
Social Connections and Peer Effects: An Experiment in Peruvian Exam Schools

Arnold Patrick Behrer and Jisung Park
Heat Stress, Human Capital, and Adaptation to Climate Change in India

Gautam Rao and Michael Kremer
Using New Asset Collateralized Loans to Encourage Investment

Zhengyun Sun
Household Resources Allocation and Health of Rural Elderly

Cara Myers
The Impact and Cost-effectiveness of Linking Smallholder Agricultural Investments to School Feeding Programs in Mozambique

Ryan Sheely, Vivian Hoffmann, Pamela Jakiela, and Michael Kremer
Politician Preferences, Public Goods Provision, and Decentralization

Travis Baseler
Information Frictions in the Migration Decision: Planning a Field Experiment in Kenya
Tanu Kumar and Pradeep Chhibber     
The impact of homeownership on low-income urban residents: a natural experiment from Mumbai
Elysia Larson
Intervening on Patient Experience: Reducing Information Asymmetry and Leveraging Community Accountability

Isabela Manelici and Jose Pablo Vasquez Carvajal
The Impact of FDI through the Production Network: Evidence from Costa Rica                          

Eduardo Montero and Sara Lowes
Addressing Mistrust in Medicine in Central Africa                            

Odyssia Ng
Individual vs. Group Liability Contracts for Farmers in Western Kenya                            

Nicholas Ryan and Prabhat Barnwal     
Decreasing Children's Exposure to Indoor Air Pollution through Modern Cookstoves: A Proposed Evaluation of India's Landmark Gas-stove Subsidy Program
Frank Schilbach, Supreet Kaur, Suanna Oh, and Sendhil Mullainaithan    
Does Scarcity Diminish Productivity?                            

Cory Smith        
Local Constraints on State Capacity: Tanzania's Ujamaa Policies                            

Maria Steenland
Female voices, community choices: a randomized controlled trial to evaluate female-only Community Monitoring meetings  

2015 - 2016

Kehinde Ajayi
Short Run Effects of Guidance and Information for Improved Decistions in Education (GuIIDE)

Matthew Basilico
Beyond Free: Measuring Impact of Water Chlorination Free Delivery Strategies

Laura Boudreau
Giving Workers a Voice within the Firm: Evidence from Bangledesh's Ready-made Garment Sector

Lorenzo Casaburi, Bheeshm Chaudhary, Siddharth George, and Jack Willis
Time vs. State in Insurance: Experimental Evidence from India

Juan Pablo Chauvin
Does Education Help Poor Regions Catch Up? Evidence from Brazil

Adanna Chukwuma
Incentives for Postnatal Care Demand

Joshua Dean
Hearing Yourself Think:  The Impact of Noise on Cognitive Bandwidth and Worker Productivity

Katherine Donato
Behavioral Barriers to Improved Child Nutrition

Benjamin Faber,  Victor Couture, Yizen Gu, and Lizhi Liu
Connecting Rural Households to E-Commerce: Evidence from Taobao’s 100 Thousand Villages Project in China

Felipe Barrera-Osario and David Deming
Information, Accountability, and Family-school Engagement:  An Experimental Evaluation in Manizales, Columbia

Mesay Melese Gebresilasse
Priority Sector Targeting and Structural Transformation in Ethiopia

Nick Hagerty and Ariel Zucker
Peer-Conditional Contracts for Common-Pool Conservation: The Case of Gujarat's Groundwater

Reshmaan Hussam, Natalia Rigol, and Benjamin Roth
Cream of the Crop: Targeting High Ability Microentrepreneurs

Radhika Jain
Demand Side Interventions to Improve the Quality of Health Care in India

Anne Karing
Social Incentives for Immunization

Erin Kelley and Elizabeth Ramirez Ritchie
Job Matching in Informal Labor Markets (Fall 2016)
Improving Labor Market Outcomes for Disadvantage Workers (Spring 2016)

Gabriel Kreindler
Smart Congestion Pricing: Testing Travel Incentives to Reduce Congestion in Chennai

Horacio Larreguy, Christopher Lucas, and John Marshall
When Do Media Stations Support Electoral Accountability? A Field Experiment in Mexico

Juliana Londono-Velez
Diversity and Redisributive Preferences: Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment in Colombia

Matt Lowe
Inter-Caste Contact and Cooperation: Experimental Evidence from India (Fall 2016)
Jobs and Female Empowerment: A Pilot Study in India (Spring 2016)

Janhavi Nilekani
Incentivizing Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving: An Experiment with Bus Drivers in Karnataka, India

Dina Pomeranz, Maria Paula Gerardino, and Stephan Litschig
Monitoring Public Procurement: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design in Chile

Madeline McKelway, Matt Lowe, and Heather Sarsons
Secret Keeping and Jobs for Women: Experimental Evidence from India

Edward Miguel, Johannes Haushofer, Paul Niehaus
General Equilibrium Effects of Cash Transfers in Kenya

Raul Sanchez de la Sierra
What Makes Individuals Join Armed Organizations? Revenge, Moral sentiments, and Social networks

Gautam Rao, Jonas Hjort, and Diana Moreira
How Do Policymakers Respond to Information from Policy Research?

David Schoenholzer
Monitoring Safety of Semi-Formal Public Transport in Tanzania: Commuter Information versus Bus Owner Information

Alex Segura and Abdullah Alsabah
Currency Depreciations, Education Expansion, and Industrial Development: Evidence from the Indonesian Manufacturing Sector

Zachary Wagner
Utilizing Community Health Workers to Increase Use of ORS and Zinc to Treat Child Diarrhea: A Clustered Randomized Controlled Trial in Uganda

Shaoda Wang
Incentivizing High-level State Employees to Directly Confront Rural Poverty: a RCT Design Based on a Novel Development Program in China

Jonathan Weigel
Tracking Taxes: A Randomized Evaluation of a Government Anti-Corruption Intervention

2014 - 2015

Kehinde Ajayi
Guidance and Information for Improved Decisions in Education (GuIIDE)

Samuel Bazzi
Firm Entry Barriers, Growth Constraints, and Job Creation: Theory and Evidence from Brazil

Clio Dintilhac and Amri Ilmma 
Informing or reminding? Potential strategies to increase compliance rate for CCT program in Indonesia

Gautum Rao, Frank Schilbach, and Heather Schofield
The Economic Effects of Sleep Deprivation among the Urban Poor

Matthew Gudgeon
Decentralization and Violence: Theory and Evidence from Indonesia

Tomoko Harigaya
Access to Savings Account: A Mobile Banking Experiment in the Philippines

Reshmaan Hussam, Giovanni Reggiani, and Natalia Rigol
Testing Rational Addiction: Hand Washing and Habit Formation in West Bengal

Anne Karing
Externalities and Social Influence in Childhood Immunization

Carolyne Nekesa Khagondi
Bridging the Gap through Local Philanthropy

Jeremy Magruder and Solomon Hsiang 
Detecting Social Networks with Satellite Imagery to Maximize Impact of Rural Development Initiatives at Mimimal Cost

Janhavi Nilekani
Incentivizing Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving: An Experiment with Bus Drivers in Karnataka, India

Oyebola Okunogbe
Impact of Inter-Ethnic Exposure in National Identity: Lessons from the Nigerian National Youth Service Corps

Dina Pomeranz, Gabriel Zucman, and Sebastian Bustos
How can Emerging Countries Tax Multinational Firms? Evidence from a Major Policy Reform in Chile

Sarika Ringwala
Tackling Governance Challenges in India: Public Services and Electoral Accountability

Sarika Ringwala
Citizen Empowerment and Social Pensions in Delhi

Slawa Rokicki
Impact of an Interactive Mobile Phone Program on Sexual Behavior among Ghanaian Teenage Girls

Manasi Sharma
Optimizing Antiretroviral Adherence for Adolescents Living with HIV in Rwanda

Niharika Singh
Craigslist' for the Rural Poor: A Field Experiment on Seasonal Migration

Maria Steenland
Examining Peer-effects of Water Treatment Practices to Improve Public Health

Laura Trucco
Fixing Broken Windows: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Buenos Aires

Nancy Wang
Milk Safety in China: A Field Experiment

Catherine Wolfram
Estimating the Impacts of Rural Electrification in Kenya

Lisa Xu
The Sociology of Management Adoption

2013 - 2014

Jie Bai
Product Quality, Consumer Learning, and Reputation Building : A Randomized Experiment with Watermelons

Natalie Bau
Infrastructure, Capital Inflows, and Productivity in India

Syon Bhanot
Windfalls and Work: A Field Experiment of Motivation, Effort, Happiness and Spending in Kenya

Rema Hanna
Estimating the Demand for Air Pollution Information

Sara Hernandez, Reshmann Hussam and Natalia Rigol
Pass-through of Quality Premiums to Smallholder Farmers in Gujarat 

Yuhei Miyauchi
How Does an Expressway Change the Mobility and Migration Pattern? Evidence from Cell Phone Transaction Data in Sri Lanka

Oyebola Olabisi
Impact of Interethnic Exposure: Evidence from Nigeria

Tristan Reed
Risk and Relationships: Ice Retail in the Sierra Leone Fishing Industry

Sarika Ringwala
Evaluating and Improving the Effectiveness of Right to Public Services Legislation for the Poor in India

Shayak Sarkar
Exploring Vocational Training Partnerships for Rural India

Frank Schilbach
Alcohol Consumption among the Poor:  A Study with Rickshaw Pullers in India

Frank Schilbach and Heather Schofield
Assessing Profit Maximization: A Lab in the Field Approach

Lily Shen and Arthur Bauer
Cash or Conditions: Consequences on Cognitive Abilities in Indonesia

Monica Singhal
The Burden of Taxation on the Poor in Developing Countries: Evidence from Commodity Taxation in India

Gabriel Tourek 
Effects  of Subsidy Rationalization on Low-Income Households and Small Businesses in Malaysia

Lisa Xu
Investing Norms on Firm Size and Business Practices in a Retail Cluster in Ghana

2012 - 2013

Kehinde Ajayi
Consumer Perceptions and Saving Responses to Information and Bank Reforms

Samura Attalah
Learned Helplessness, Mindfulness, and Job Performance: An Experimental Study in Saudi Arabia

Felipe Barrera-Osorio
School Incentives Program in Punjab, Pakistan

Melissa Dell
The Impacts of Irrigation on Mexican Industrial Development

Michael Gechter and Amrit Amirapu
The Effect of Size-Based Regulations on Firms and the Pattern of Development in India

Scott Lee
Motivating Community Health Workers: Two Field Experiments on Non-Financial Incentives for Prosocial Tasks

Anusha Nath
Political Competition and Bureaucratic Effort

Yusuf Neggers
Polling Station Officer Identity and Electoral Outcomes in India

Slawa Rokicki
Study on Mhealth and Reproductive Health in Teens

Martin Rotemberg and Jack Willis
The Causes and Effects of Improved Health Supply: Evidence from Rwanda

Frank Schilbach
Alcohol Consumption Among Rickshaw Peddlers in Chennai: A Study of Poverty, Pain and Self Control

Anitha Sivasankaran
Work Now, Marry Later: Textile Workers in India

Tavneet Suri
Shortening the Hungry Season:  The Impact of Shorter Duration Rice on Food Security in Sierra Leone

Laura Trucco
Citizens' Complaints and Public Good's Provision