19 July 2019 – While on a study visit at the Universidad Nacional de la Plata (UNLP) in Argentina as part of the PEP research project he is leading, Gambian researcher Dr Hamidou Jawara held a seminar to present his team’s findings.
Postgraduate students and academics from the University attended the seminar, held in the UNLP Economics Deparment, to find out how the PEP team used a field experiment to study whether subsidising withdrawal fees combined with monthly reminders can encourage inactive users to make more use of mobile wallets.
The team’s preliminary results indicate that this intervention only slightly increases the active use of a mobile money wallets. Interestingly, they also find that higher price subsidies do not provoke more usage than lower price subsidies.
The presentation was followed by a lively discussion session where the students asked many questions on the practical aspects of implementing an RCT. University professors added to the discussion on the team’s results and possible consumer models that could explain the findings. The team’s PEP mentor, Dr Guillermo Cruces, also provided comments and answered questions alongside Dr Jawara.