Abstract: Non-Cognitive Skills Impact Evaluation

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This summer I will be spending six weeks in Monrovia, Liberia assisting with conducting an impact evaluation on the nascent Monrovia Football Academy. Specifically, I aim to test whether the Academy fosters positive non-cognitive skills among its students, such as more trust for interethnic-students, or simply more prosocial behaviors. I will utilize behavioral outcomes to measure these factors, as many impact evaluations are limited by their dependence on surveys and interviews.

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Phase 2 Endline

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I had quite an interesting first week here in Tanzania. As soon as I arrived, the research coordinator attached to the project here was wrapping up phase 2 of the experiment, which meant training surveyors to go into the field with survey software and tablets. In addition to assisting with the general training of the surveyors, I also had one specific duty. In order to include a behavioral outcome measure of whether women in the study adopted mobile money services, we planned on offering women in phase 2 a small amount of money in cash (approximately $1.50), or a slightly larger amount of money via mobile money (approximately $2.00). However, we were unsure of exactly how much of each type of transfer we should offer. So, to get a more informed estimate, I accompanied one of the surveyors to several markets around Dar Es-Salaam. We administered short surveys to women in the markets, asking how much money we would have to offer the women for them to prefer the transfer via mobile money services versus straight cash. We were very surprised by what we found: the women overwhelmingly preferred the mobile money services more than we had expected. To be fair however, women in Dar es-Salaam have much more access to the financial sector and cellular devices than women in rural areas.

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Uptake of Mobile Money: Alternative Evaluations

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My name is Eric Gelles, and I am a sophomore here at The College of William & Mary. This summer I will be traveling to Tanzania to assist with an ongoing experiment being conducting by Professor Philip Roessler testing the effects of mobile phone ownership on women’s empowerment. As part of the experiment, hundreds of women will be randomly assigned to receive either a mobile phone, cash of equal value to the phone, or will be in a control group. All of the women will be given a surveyed at the beginning and at the end of the experiment, in an attempt to gain insight into how mobile phone ownership can impact women in developing countries.

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