BREAD Working Paper No. 529, December 2017

Environmental externalities and free-riding in the household Kelsey Jack, Seema Jayachandran, Sarojini Rao Abstract Water use and electricity use, which generate negative environmental externalities, are susceptible to a second externality problem: with household-level billing, each per- son enjoys private benefits of consumption but shares the cost with other household members. If individual usage is imperfectly […]

BREAD Working Paper No. 550, November 2018

Reshaping Adolescents’ Gender Attitudes: Evidence from a School-Based Experiment in India Diva Dhar, Tarun Jain, Seema Jayachandran Abstract Societal norms about gender roles contribute to the economic disadvantages facing women in many developing countries. This paper evaluates an intervention aimed at eroding support for restrictive gender norms, specifically a multi-year school-based intervention in Haryana, India, […]

BREAD Working Paper No. 571, January 2020

Microentrepreneurship in Developing Countries Seema Jayachandran Abstract This article reviews the recent literature in economics on small-scale entrepreneur- ship (“microentrepreneurship”) in low-income countries. Major themes in the literature include the determinants and consequences of joining the formal sector, the impacts of access to credit and other financial services, the impacts of business training, barriers to […]