Tracking the Long-Run Impacts of a Child Health Intervention in Kenya

For decades, CEGA Faculty Director Ted Miguel and colleagues have been tracking the impacts of a childhood deworming program in Kenya that began in 1998, with ongoing implications for national health policy. Ten years later, women who were girls at the time of the intervention were 25% more likely to have attended secondary school, halving the gender gap. Men were working 17% more hours than those in the control group. This study is the first of its kind to demonstrate how investments in child health can affect economic outcomes for adults. Results of a 15-year follow up will be released soon, with a 20-year follow up already in the works.

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CEGA Releases September 2018 Impact Note
This month's Impact Note features media buzz around our partnered Cash Benchmarking Study in Rwanda, research on government decentralization in Paraguay, EASST Fellow Workshops, and multiple CEGA event Calls for Papers, among other things.

CEGA Hiring Research Associates and Intern
CEGA is seeking motivated Research Associates to support the Center’s Faculty Director, Edward Miguel, in coordinating field research activities for two projects. The first position is will support rigorous evaluations of social and economic programs in Africa, with a focus on the Kenya Life Panel Survey project and a project evaluating cash transfers. The second position will focus on longitudinal data collection and housing support interventions among Syrian refugees, among other research projects. We are also hiring an intern to support communications and web design for our research transparency initiative.

A Human-Centric Approach to Data Science
CEGA affiliate Josh Blumenstock recently published a piece for Nature discussing the promise and pitfalls of big data in global development. He explains that while information from satellites, mobile phones and other sources hold great promise for improving delivery of social services in low income countries, data-enabled applications must account for the hardships and constraints unique to each local context and pay more attention to the people behind the numbers.

Featured CEGA Research: Cash Benchmarking USAID Programs in Rwanda
The results of a USAID-funded study comparing the impact of unconditional cash transfers to an integrated nutrition and WASH program in Rwanda is fueling a larger debate about cost effectiveness. The New York TimesVox Media, and WIRED covered the results of the study last week, while authors Craig McIntosh and Andrew Zeitlin provided their take on the World Bank's Development Impact BlogThe Atlantic also published an op-ed on the results by the co-founders of GiveDirectly. 

Featured CEGA Research: Buying Low and Selling High 
Farmers in East Africa typically sell their maize at low price points out of necessity, often right after harvest, rather than storing and selling later in the season when prices are higher. CEGA Faculty Director Edward Miguel, with affiliate Marshall Burke and coauthor Lauren Falcao Bergquist, collaborated with One Acre Fund to design and test the impact of a harvest-time maize storage loan product in Kenya.