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Powerful Women: Does Exposure Reduce Bias?
We exploit random assignment of gender quotas across Indian village councils to investigate whether having a female chief councillor affects public opinion towards female leaders. Villagers who haveExpand
Female Leadership Raises Aspirations and Educational Attainment for Girls: A Policy Experiment in India
It is shown that female leadership influences adolescent girls’ career aspirations and educational attainment and no evidence of changes in young women’s labor market opportunities is found, which suggests that the impact of women leaders primarily reflects a role model effect. Expand
Do Rural Banks Matter? Evidence from the Indian Social Banking Experiment
Lack of access to finance is often cited as a key reason why poor people remain poor. This paper uses data on the Indian rural branch expansion program to provide empirial evidence on this issue.Expand
Can Mandated Political Representation Increase Policy Influence for Disadvantaged Minorities? Theory and Evidence from India
A basic premise of representative democracy is that all those subject to policy should have a voice in its making. However, policies enacted by electorally accountable governments often fail toExpand
Corruption in Developing Countries
Recent years have seen a remarkable expansion in economists' ability to measure corruption. This in turn has led to a new generation of well-identified, microeconomic studies. We review the evidenceExpand
Do Informed Voters Make Better Choices? Experimental Evidence from Urban India
Disclosure laws for politicians exist in over a hundred countries. But can public disclosures about politician performance and qualications inuence electoral accountability in settings characterizedExpand
Disentangling HIV and AIDS Stigma in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia
Five critical elements that programs aiming to tackle stigma need to address are pointed to: Create greater recognition of stigma and discrimination, Foster in-depth, applied knowledge about all aspects of HIV and AIDS through a participatory and interactive process. Expand
The Economic Returns to Social Interaction: Experimental Evidence from Microfinance
Microfinance clients were randomly assigned to repayment groups that met either weekly or monthly during their first loan cycle, and then graduated to identical meeting frequency for their secondExpand
The construction of large dams is one of the most costly and controversial forms of public infrastructure investment in developing countries, but little is known about their impact. This paperExpand
In stark contrast to bank debt contracts, most micro-finance contracts require that repayments start nearly immediately after loan disbursement and occur weekly thereafter. Even though economicExpand