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Education

Mind the Gap: Aligning Immigrant Student's Aspirations to Abilities

Offering tutoring and career counseling to high-ability immigrant students closed the educational gap between native-born and immigrant boys in Italy.

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Education

Considering All the Options: A Low-Cost Way to Reduce School Dropout

Parent meetings with school principals that provided guidance on selecting academic tracks helped reduce grade repetition and high school dropout among low-achieving students in France.

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Education

Are all students ready for boarding?

Disadvantaged students who attended France’s first “boarding school of excellence” had large improvements in math scores after two years. Students initially experienced reductions in well-being, but adjusted to their new environment by the second year. 

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Gender, Health

Reducing Pregnancy Among Adolescents

Across a range of programs, interventions that successfully changed the calculus of costs and benefits of unprotected sexual activity and childbirth delayed pregnancy among adolescents. Some programs directly altered costs and benefits while others shifted perceptions of them.

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Crime, Violence, & Conflict

Stopping a Bullet with a Summer Job

Sara Heller, Judd Kessler

Summer youth employment programs that provided minimum wage summer jobs to mainly disadvantaged youth in New York City and Chicago reduced arrests for violent crimes, incarceration, and premature deaths.

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Education

Simplifying the Barriers Along the Bridge to College

While past approaches to helping students transition to college have focused on increasing financial aid, the college application process itself presents a barrier to college access. Relatively low-cost programs to simplify this process and support students through this transition can increase college enrollment and persistence.

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Political Economy & Governance

Smartcards for Smarter Payments

Karthik Muralidharan, Paul Niehaus, Sandip Sukhtankar

In India, a biometrically authenticated payment system reduced corruption and substantially improved the delivery of government social assistance programs despite partial implementation.

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