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The Philippines research cluster is anchored by the Philippines Socioeconomic Panel Survey (PSPS), a longitudinal survey of approximately 13,000 rural households in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines that launched in late 2023.


The PSPS has two aims: to track socioeconomic development in the Western Visayas over the next 20 years, and to provide a sample with which development researchers can conduct randomized trials with built-in measurement every four years. Data collection for Wave 1 goes through September 2024, and will recur every four years for at least the next 20 years.


Four connected RCTs are already in the works:

Read more about the PSPS from our partner, Innovations for Poverty Action and check out the questionnaires we're using to collect Wave 1 data: Household, Individual, and Barangay.


If you'd like to talk with us about a research idea, funding an experiment, or partnering in any other way, please reach out to us at

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