BREAD Working Paper No. 613, September 2022

Imperfect Competition and Sanitation: Evidence from Randomized Auctions in Senegal Jean-Francois Houde, Molly Lipscomb, Terence Johnson and Laura Schechter   Abstract We document the impact of imperfect competition in the sanitation market in Dakar Senegal, both in the traditional market and in an experimental, just-in-time auction system that we designed in collaboration with the government. […]

BREAD Working Paper No. 598, October 2021

Privatization of Public Goods: Evidence from the Sanitation Sector in Senegal Joshua W. Deutschmann, Jared Gars, Jean-Francois Houde, Molly Lipscomb and Laura Schechter Abstract Privatization of a public good (the management of sewage treatment centers in Dakar, Senegal) leads to an increase in the productivity of downstream sewage dumping companies and a decrease in downstream […]

BREAD Working Paper No. 597, October 2021

Persuading Voters to Punish Corrupt Vote Buyers: Experimental Evidence from a Large-Scale Radio Campaign in India Laura Schechter and Srinivasan Vasudevan   Abstract During the 2014 Indian general elections, we carried out a large-scale experiment randomizing a radio campaign highlighting the disadvantages of voting for corrupt vote-buying politicians. Official electoral data shows that the radio […]

BREAD Working Paper No. 576, December 2020

Country of Women? Repercussions of the Triple Alliance War in Paraguay Jennifer Alix-Garcia, Laura Schechter, Felipe Valencia Caicedo, S. Jessica Zhu Abstract Skewed sex ratios often result from episodes of conflict, disease, and migration. Their persistent impacts over a century later, and especially in less-developed regions, remain less understood. The War of the Triple Alliance […]

BREAD Working Paper No. 587, February 2021

Spillovers without Social Interactions in Urban Sanitation Joshua W. Deutschmann, Laura Schechter, Molly Lipscomb, Jessica Zhu Abstract We run a randomized controlled trial coupled with lab-in-the-field social network experiments in urban Dakar. Decision spillovers and health externalities play a large role in determining uptake of sanitation technology, with decision spillovers being largest among households that don’t […]