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Connecting Isolated Communities: Quantitative Evidence on the Adoption of Community Cellular Networks in the Philippines

What determines the success of community cellular networks? And who uses the network? We leverage unique circumstances where all households in seven localities were interviewed before the installation of cellular network towers. We observed large …

The Premise of Local Information: Building Reliable Economic Indicators from a Decentralized Network of Contributors

This paper describes the design and implementation of Premise, a mobile-phone based platform for gathering reliable, quantitative data through on-the-ground networks of local contributors. Founded in 2012 and currently operating in 34 countries, …

The Price Is Right?: Statistical Evaluation of a Crowd-Sourced Market Information System in Liberia

Many critical policy decisions depend upon reliable and up-to-date information on market prices. Such data are used to construct consumer price indices, measure inflation, detect food insecurity, and influence macroeconomic policy. In developing …