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HarvardX Person-Course Academic Year 2013 De-Identified dataset, version 3.0

HarvardX
This release is comprised of de-identified data from the first year (Academic Year 2013: Fall 2012, Spring 2013, and Summer 2013) of HarvardX courses on the edX platform along with related documentation. These data are aggregate records, and each record represents one individual's activity in one edX course. For more information about the existing analyses of these data and the first year of HarvardX courses, please see the HarvardX and MITx working paper "HarvardX and...

Bangladesh Climate Change Adaptation Survey (BCCAS), Round II

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
The Bangladesh Climate Change Adaptation Survey (BCCAS), Round II is a follow up survey to BCCAS, Round I. About 97.34 percent of households from BCCAS I were reinterviewed in 2012. The survey captures information on demographic characteristics, social capital, land tenure, crop and livestock management, input use, extension, incidence of climatic shocks in the last five years and adaptation options and if there are any changes from 2010 survey. . The survey was conducted from...

Growth of Purple Nutsedge (Cyperus rotundus) in Response to Interference with Direct-Seeded Rice

Chauhan, Bhagirath S. (IRRI-CESD); Opena, Jhoana (IRRI-CESD)

Crop Price Indemnified Loans for Farmers: A Pilot Experiment in Rural Ghana

Dean Karlan, Ed Kutsoati, Margaret McMillan & Christopher Udry
This paper presents the results of a financial intervention using loans, of which 50% is forgiven given a drop in crop prices below a certain threshold, in Ghana intended to investigate 1) the role of crop-price risk in reducing demand for credit among farmers and 2) how risk mitigation changes farmers' investment decisions. After baseline survey was taken and farmers were randomized into treatment and control, 20 meetings were set up in order to inform...

Northern Uganda Social Action Fund - Youth Opportunities Program

Christopher Blattman, Nathan Fiala & Sebastian Martinez
We study a government program in Uganda designed to help the poor and unemployed become self-employed artisans, increase incomes, and thus promote social stability. Young adults in Uganda's conflict-affected north were invited to form groups and submit grant proposals for vocational training and business start-up. Funding was randomly assigned among screened and eligible groups. Treatment groups received unsupervised grants of $382 per member. Grant recipients invest some in skills training but most in tools and...

Tying Odysseus to the Mast: Evidence from a Commitment Savings Product in the Philippines

Nava Ashraf, Dean Karlan & Wesley Yin
We designed a commitment savings product for a Philippine bank and implemented it using a randomized control methodology. The savings product was intended for individuals who want to commit now to restrict access to their savings, and who were sophisticated enough to engage in such a mechanism. We conducted a baseline survey on 1777 existing or former clients of a bank. One month later, we offered the commitment product to a randomly chosen subset of...

Put Your Money Where your Butt Is: A Commitment Contract for Smoking Cessation

Xavier Giné, Dean Karlan & Jonathan Zinman
This paper presents the results of a financial intervention in the form of savings accounts, of which the total funds will be returned if the holder of the account stops smoking, verified through urine samples. This is in order to test whether this type of financial incentive is a viable option towards the reduction of addictive behaviors. Three treatment arms for the project with one control group. The main intervention was the CARES savings product...

Teaching Entrepreneurship: Impact of Business Training on Microfinance Clients and Institutions

Dean Karlan & Martin Valdivia
Using a randomized control trial, we measure the marginal impact of adding business training to a Peruvian group lending program for female microentrepreneurs. Treatment groups received thirty- to sixty-minute entrepreneurship training sessions during their normal weekly or monthly banking meeting over a period of one to two years. Control groups remained as they were before, meeting at the same frequency but solely for making loan and savings payments. We find little or no evidence of...

Microcredit Impacts: Evidence from a Randomized Microcredit Program Placement Experiment by Compartamos Banco

Manuela Angelucci, Dean Karlan & Jonathan Zinman
We use a clustered randomized trial, and over 16,000 household surveys, to estimate impacts at the community level from a group lending expansion at 110 percent APR by the largest microlender in Mexico. We find no evidence of transformative impacts on 37 outcomes (although some estimates have large confidence intervals), measured at a mean of 27 months post-expansion, across six domains: microentrepreneurship, income, labor supply, expenditures, social status, and subjective well-being. We also examine distributional...

Does Price Matter in Charitable Giving? Evidence from a Large-Scale Natural Field Experiment

Dean Karlan & John A. List
This paper presents the results of a large-scale natural field experiment testing changes in revenue per solicitation and response rates given different types and levels of matching grants/gifts conditional on charitable giving. This is in order to provide insight to research in fundraising models and measures of non-market valuation for cost-benefit analyses. Of a sample of 50,083 individuals who have given to the organization since 1991, randomized and assigned 67% into "match" treatment group and...

Using Experimental Economics to Measure Social Capital and Predict Financial Decisions

Dean Karlan
The Trust game is a laboratory-based study conducted as follows: First, before assigning the roles, all rules were explained to the participants. All participants received three nuevos soles, were paired randomly, and assigned either an A or a B. As pairings were announced, they could observe the identity of their partner but were separated immediately and hence had no opportunity to communicate. The A's then had the opportunity to pass to the B's zero, one,...

Underinvestment in a Profitable Technology: the Case of Seasonal Migration in Bangladesh

Gharad Bryan, Shyamal Chowdhury & Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak
This paper presents the results of a financial intervention in northwestern Bangladesh intended to promote out-migration to nearby urban areas during the lean season before harvest in order to mitigate famine (monga). This is in order to understand whether this is a viable mitigation strategy, and if so why it has not been employed more often. We randomly assign an $8.50 incentive to households in Bangladesh to out-migrate during the lean season, and document a...

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Xiaochen(Jamea) Zhang

Replication data for: Swiss Telecommunications Implementation

Karin Ingold

Simultaneous City_LZuo_CStrage

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Africa RISING project: Local agro-ecological knowledge as a basis for sustainable intensification of tree- crop- livestock systems in the Ethiopian highlands: Sinana Woreda, Oromo Region

Martha Cronin, Genevieve Lamond, Tim Pagella, Fergus Sinclair, Aster Gebrekirstos & Kiros Hadgu
This dataset was moved to: https://doi.org/10.34725/DVN/25286This study provides results from local knowledge studies conducted in Sinana woreda, Oromo region. The local knowledge was used as a means of understanding fine-scale variation in a non-homogenous smallholder system in the wheat-belt of the Ethiopian highlands. The research was supported through the USAID funded project Africa RISING (Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation). The project was launched as part of the US government’s Feed the Future...

Africa RISING Project: Sustainable tree-crop-livestock intensification as a pillar for the Ethiopian climate resilient green economy initiative

Aster Gebrekirstos
This dataset was moved to: https://doi.org/10.34725/DVN/25253In 2012, Africa RISING funded an ‘early win’ project in Ethiopia led by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). The project aims to underpin the Ethiopian Climate Resilient Green Economy Initiative by providing early win tree species and management options for integrating fruit, fodder, fuelwood, fertilizer and timber trees in fields, farms and landscapes. This will enable sustainable intensification of farm systems by expanding the scope of options promoted by the...

Replication data for: Would strictly enforced forestry regulations affect farmers’ stated intentions to plant indigenous fruits trees? Insights from Cameroon

Foundjem-Tita Et. Al.
This dataset was moved to: https://doi.org/10.34725/DVN/28239From theory it is expected that forestry laws and regulations affect the adoption of agroforestry technologies, such as planting of indigenous fruit trees. These trees are important sources of nutrients and income to thousands of farmers. However data on farmers’ perceptions and behaviour towards such policy instruments are scarce and contradictory. Based on data collected from 394 households in Cameroon, using a structured questionnaire, farmers’ awareness, perception and willingness to...

Fostering collective action at landscape level: Success factors of smallholder innovation platforms in the Eastern Highlands of Kenya and Uganda

Verrah Otiende, Joseph Tanui, Anthony Waititu, Mieke Bourne & Jeremias Mowo
This dataset was moved to: https://doi.org/10.34725/DVN/27888Strong and vibrant smallholder groups provide opportunities to the community to play a role in rural development and benefit from it. However, most of those groups do not have the capacity to individually influence rural development. Bringing groups together facilitates access to combined knowledge and leverages complementary assets. This study identifies factors influencing the success of two smallholder innovation platforms in Embu and Kapchorwa. A five-level likert scale survey questionnaire...

Return on Investment of RWH technologies in dryland areas of Eastern region of Kenya

Kennedy Mwetu, Andrew Gerard, Maimbo Malesu, Mick O'Neill, Jonathan Muriuki, Alex Oduor, Benjamin Danga, Patrick Kariuki, Verrah Otiende & Paul Baraka
This dataset was moved to: https://doi.org/10.34725/DVN/27800The research study evaluated the effectiveness of rainwater harvesting technologies in Eastern Kenya through identifying conditions under which these technologies provide economic opportunities for smallholder farmers in the dryland areas of Eastern Kenya. Key variables in the study were: RWH technologies being used; Household sources of income; educational background of household members. Data collection was done through household survey questionnaires. The overall goal of this research was to improve the...

Maturity Assessment Validation Survey Data

Joseph Tanui, Verrah Otiende, Joan Kimaiyo, Mieke Bourne & Douglas Bwire
This dataset was moved to: https://doi.org/10.34725/DVN/27592Validation survey conducted to evaluate the advancement processes of smallholder farmer groups in the six sites of the Strengthening Rural Institutions (SRI) project; Embu, Bungoma, Kapchorwa, Masindi, Pemba, and Lushoto.

Replication data for: Alemagi et al 2014 REDD+ readiness process in Cameroon: an analysis of multi-stakeholder perspectives

Dieudonne Et Al. Alemagi
This dataset was moved to: https://doi.org/10.34725/DVN/27185Cameroon has been a keen participant in Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation plus conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+) negotiations since 2005 and has engaged in activities to enhance the implementation of REDD+. This article reviews progress on REDD+ readiness in Cameroon based on a multiple REDD+ functions framework. Results show that some progress has been made in terms of planning and coordination,...

Replication data for: Alemagi et al 2014 Intensification of Cocoa Agroforetry systems as REDD Strategy in Cameroon -IJAS

Dieudonne Et Al. Alemagi
This dataset was moved to: https://doi.org/10.34725/DVN/27183Tree planting and the use of inputs within cocoa agroforestry systems are key intensification pathways for enhancing the contribution of these systems to REDD+. However, scholarship on the hurdles, motivations, and challenges pertaining to intensification of these systems remains surprisingly scanty. A questionnaire addressing these knowledge gaps was administered to 461 cocoa farmers randomly selected from 10 communities in the South Region of Cameroon. The lack of technical support was...

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