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Benhassine N, Devoto F, Duflo E, Dupas P, Pouliquen V
Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) have been shown to increase human capital investments, but their standard features make them expensive. We use a large randomized experiment in Morocco to estimate an alternative government-run program, a "labeled cash transfer" (LCT): a small cash transfer made to fathers of school-aged children in poor rural communities, not conditional on school attendance but explicitly labeled as an education support program. We document large gains in school participation. Adding conditionality and targeting mothers made almost no difference in our context. The program increased parents' belief that education was a worthwhile investment, a likely pathway for the results. (JEL H23, I24, 128, I38, J24, O15, O18)
A randomized evaluation found that a one-time message increased attendance at peer tutoring sessions by 7 percentage points, from 29% to 36%. Attendance at multiple tutoring sessions increased by 6 percentage points, from 18% to 24%.
To help first-year students understand that the challenges they faced were neither unique to them nor evidence of personal failure, all incoming first-year students at SF State were asked to watch a three-minute video in which older students described the struggles they had faced and their routes to success.
A randomized evaluation found that among families where both students and parents received the redesigned emails, 50% filed their financial aid application by the priority deadline.
A randomized evaluation found that among students who were eligible to use the Tutoring Center, the redesigned emails sent to students increased their likelihood of attending tutoring by almost 2 percentage points, from 5.0% to 6.7%, and increased the overall number of tutoring sessions that were attended from 171 to 263.
Past research indicates there is a positive relationship between parental involvement and students' success in school, but communication between educators and parents is often infrequent or unsystematic.
Students were instructed to download a smartphone app that, over a period of weeks, delivered timely reminders and simple instructions about important deadlines and upcoming tasks related to applying for financial aid.
This randomized evaluation found that the average aid award for students receiving both redesigned emails rose by 2%, or $150.28 per student for the Spring semester, compared to students who received neither email ($6,368 vs. $6,217).
Farmers in Bangladesh received incentives to refer peers for agricultural training, in some cases contingent on the referred farmer adopting the innovation.
A randomized evaluation found that some versions of the Super Savers program had a positive impact on savings and educational outcomes. Students saved more when they were offered the less restrictive cash payout which returned their savings in cash compared to the more restrictive voucher payout (see Figure 1).
A randomized evaluation found that the redesigned emails increased the number of students applying for SEED jobs by 3 percentage points, from 9% to 12%.Additionally, there was a 56% increase in the number of applications submitted, from 304 to 475 applications.