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Chart showing survey respondents responses to different issues in the PDS reform in Krishna

Technology and State Capacity: Lessons from “Digital Krishna”

India is now recognized as a leader in digital government service delivery, enabled by the Aadhaar unique identification platform which has registered the equivalent of almost 15 percent of the world’s population. Many service delivery programs have been deployed at the state level, providing a rich comparative context. Some states have struggled to move towards effective and inclusive digitized programs while others have seemingly achieved a sophistication that is on par with, or surpasses, many developed countries’ capacities.

Word cloud of paper titles from RISE conference

30 New Findings in Global Education: RISE Conference 2019

Last week, RISE held its annual conference, which economist Karthik Muralidharan has dubbed “the top conference on education in developing countries in the world.” Over the course of two days, researchers presented over 30 new findings on education systems. If you want a quick taste of this year’s research highlights, read on!

Chart showing the effect of one additional year of schooling on test scores in Peru and Vietnam

Do Your Students Have a Growth Mindset? And Four Other New Findings in Global Education

One intervention to improve students’ performance sought to show them that with hard work, they can “grow” their intelligence, just like athletes can grow their muscles. The result? No impact: no impact on student effort, no impact on student test scores, no impact on dropout rates, no impact on repetition rates, and no impact on plans to continue studying after high school. 

Stock photo of papers and a laptop on a desk.

Yes, Information Alone Really Can Change Behavior

“The fact that giving people information does not, by itself, change how they act is one of the most firmly established in social science,” a recent Washington Post op-ed stated. That’s not true. Here are ten examples where simply providing information changed behavior.

Screenshot of the analytics dashboard for Ukraine's Prozorro

Measuring the Impact of Open Contracting

In a new CGD working paper, we try to measure the impact of one of the most significant open contracting reforms worldwide, which took place in Ukraine in the last few years. Since 2015, the country has overhauled its procurement system, including the introduction of an e-procurement platform called ProZorro.

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