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The Health and Economic Impact of a Government Health Insurance Program in Cambodia

Researchers are evaluating the health and economic effects of individuals who participate in a Cambodian government health insurance program.

Researchers
David I. Levine, Rachel Polimeni, Raj Arunachalam
Methodologies
Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Cambodia (Southeast Asia)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Financial Services); Health
The Influence of Radios on Political Knowledge, Civic Participation, and Social Attitudes in Sierra Leone

Researchers are evaluating whether distribution of radios in rural Sierra Leone can increase political knowledge and participation at local village meetings, and shift social attitudes.

Researchers
Edward Miguel, Rachel Glennerster
Methodologies
Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Sierra Leone (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Public Service (Conflict; Civic Engagement); Technology & Infrastructure (Information & Communications Technology)
The Price Effects of Cash Versus In-Kind Transfers in Mexico

This study found evidence that in-kind transfers caused local prices of goods to fall compared with no price change for cash transfers, yielding an extra indirect transfer to consumers of 11 percent.

Researchers
Jesse Cunha, Giacomo deGiorgi (Barcelona GSE, formerly Stanford) et al.
Methodologies
- Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Mexico (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers; In-Kind Transfers)
The Privatization of Water and its Impact on Child Mortality in Argentina

This project evaluates the effect of water privatization in the 1990s in Argentina on child health.

Researchers
Paul Gertler, Sebastian Galiani, Ernesto Schargrodsky
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods, Difference-in-Differences
Locations
Argentina (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Health (WASH; Child Health); Technology & Infrastructure (Water & Sanitation)
User Preferences for Point-of-Use Water Treatment in Kenya

An evaluation of water treatment technologies found that end-user preferences did not align with the technology with the highest absolute effectiveness.

Researchers
David I. Levine, Jeff Albert
Methodologies
Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Kenya (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Health (WASH); Technology & Infrastructure (Water & Sanitation)
Vote Buying and Reciprocity

Researchers show that preference for reciprocity enables the practice of vote-buying to persist even in the presence of secret ballots.

Researchers
Frederico Finan, Laura Schechter
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods, - Multivariate Regression
Locations
Paraguay (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Public Service
Can Hearts and Minds Be Bought? Public Service Spending and Insurgent Violence in Iraq

Local reconstruction spending during the war in Iraq was associated with reduced insurgent violence. Small projects implemented by the military were more effective than large projects.

Researchers
Eli Berman, Jacob Shapiro, Joseph Felter
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
Iraq (Middle East and North Africa)
Development Topics
Public Service (Conflict)
Consumer Price Subsidies and Nutrition in China

Subsidies for staple foods for rural households in China resulted in a dietary shift away from cheaper staples and no improvement in caloric intake or nutritional outcomes.

Researchers
Robert Jensen, Nolan Miller
Methodologies
- Randomized Evaluation
Locations
China (East Asia and the Pacific)
Development Topics
Health; Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers; Subsidies)
Contract Teachers and Student Performance in Kenya

Hiring additional contract teachers helped reduce classroom overcrowding in Kenya and improve student learning outcomes.

Researchers
Pascaline Dupas, Esther Duflo, Michael Kremer
Methodologies
Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Kenya (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Education & Labor (Primary & Secondary Education)
Preschool Deworming: Impacts on Child Health and Education in India

Provision of school-based deworming and iron supplements to pre-school children in India improved school attendance and health outcomes.

Researchers
Edward Miguel, Gustavo J. Bobonis, Charu Puri Sharma
Methodologies
Randomized Evaluation
Locations
India (South Asia)
Development Topics
(Nutrition); Health (Child Health); Education & Labor (Early Childhood Development)
Primary School Deworming: Impacts on Child Health and Education in Kenya

School-based deworming in Kenya reduced rates of severe anemia, increased heights substantially, reduced school absenteeism by one quarter, and benefited untreated children in the community through "s

Researchers
Edward Miguel, Michael Kremer
Methodologies
Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Kenya (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Health (Child Health); Education & Labor (Early Childhood Development; Primary & Secondary Education)
PROGRESA/Oportunidades: Family Networks and Educational Outcomes in Mexico

Households eligible for the PROGRESA cash transfer program and living in the same village as their extended family are more likely to enroll their children in secondary school.

Researchers
Manuela Angelucci, Giacomo deGiorgi (Barcelona GSE, formerly Stanford) et al.
Methodologies
Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Mexico (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers); Education & Labor (Primary & Secondary Education)