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A long-standing project tracked by STICERD academics Oriana Bandiera and Robin Burgess featured in The Economist newspaper in December 2015.

The project, run by development organisation BRAC, provided women who fall into the category of ultra-poor, with livestock and relevant training. The project was unusual in that the women participated were followed for seven years after the programme began, providing a rich dataset on the success of this intervention. This analysis showed that ultra-poor women worked many more hours than poor and middle class women, but that they crammed that work into fewer days. This was the result of their labour being restricted to only a few insecure types of work, mainly domestic labour as maids and agricultural work. Given livestock and the necessary training by BRAC , these women delivered a rate of return of between 16% and 23%, depending on the assumed opportunity cost of time. The Economist reported other benefits, too- "what is striking is not so much their greater wealth (reflected in their finer saris and mobile phones) but the way they stand straighter, and their direct looks. Their relatives have started talking to them. Asked to explain how their lives have changed, one of the first things they say is that they now get invited to weddings." The end result of the study? Wedding invitations, yes, but more importantly, alleviation of poverty and insecurity for the women involved in this study- and a future path to prosperity for their sisters.