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December 21, 2010

by Esther Duflo In the coming year I’ll be involved in an effort to promote immunization in poor areas. The goal is to bring to scale a program that Abhijit Banerjee, Rachel Glennerster, and I evaluated in collaboration with Seva Mandir, a nongovernmental organization in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
School girls sit in a classroom in Kenya
Esther Duflo, Pascaline Dupas, Michael Kremer, Vandana Sharma
December 01, 2010

Yes (at least in the short term).

We did a study in 2003-2006 with the Kenyan Ministry of Education and a non-profit International Child Support. In their Analysis, Esther Duflo, Pascaline Dupas and Michael Kremer found positive results both from training teachers in the national AIDS curriculum, and providing incentives for girls to stay in school. 

As for longer-term impacts, we are currently implementing a follow-up study, tracking down twenty thousand students from the initial study to see how they are doing today.

Watch this space!

Media Coverage
November 05, 2010

After Andhra Pradesh, Delhi will be the second state to implement a school-based deworming project in all its 900 plus government-run schools, covering more than 1.3 million children in its first phase.

Michael Kremer, Jessica Leino, Edward Miguel, Alix Zwane
October 15, 2010's Blog Action Day is a day of blogs around the world posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking a global discussion and driving collective action. This year's topic is water.

Two million children die of diarrheal disease each year and contaminated water is often to blame.

Treating water with chlorine could substantially reduce this toll. The most common approach to chlorination in areas without piped water infrastructure is to offer small bottles of chlorine for sale to consumers.

However, chlorine use has been slow to catch on in...

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July 08, 2010

"Even lentils can lead to miracles." How research by IPA Research Affiliates focusing on tangible goals is causing a revolution in the way we think about development.

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May 24, 2010

A profile of the "Deworm the World" Initiative, based on IPA research on the effectiveness of mass deworming at improving children's school attendance in the developing world.

Glenna Gordon
May 06, 2010

Here's a nice article written by Chris Dunford and the gang at Freedom from Hunger.  Freedom from Hunger is certainly an organization that understands the value of rigorous evaluation.  They have worked with IPA in Benin, Peru, and Mali.

Media Coverage
March 09, 2010

IPA Project Associates Kerry Brennan and Daniel Tello review the findings of two IPA studies that examine the role of sunk costs in decisions about how to provide goods and services to the poor.

Many people assume that paying for something will make you more likely to use it, while items given away for free are undervalued and less likely to be used. These seemingly harmless assumptions have a big impact on current debates over how health products should be delivered to the poor.

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February 05, 2010

Research on the efficacy of commitment contracts to quit smoking by IPA Research Affiliates Xavier Giné, Dean Karlan, and Jonathan Zinman is mentioned in a Newsweek article about how public policy tools can be used to fight heart disease.

Dean Karlan, Bram Thuysbaert, Christopher Udry
January 24, 2010

Kristof (again!) has a nice blog post about the tradeoff between consuming things we think we want, at the expense of not giving to charities to help people who struggle for basic needs.  Very much like Peter Singer's famous lake analogy.  Anyhow, also interesting to note that the recipient of the donation Kristof mentioned, The Hunger Project, is one of our partners.  We are in the middle of doing a randomized trial to evaluate their effectiveness.  It is a long term study, so no results to share as of yet, but here is the link to the project page.  

Camille Boudot & Andre Butler
Pascaline Dupas, Jonathan Robinson
December 31, 2009

Nice article today by Kristof in the New York Times.  It highlights an IPA project by Dupas and Robinson, which we are now working to replicate on a much larger scale in four locations, and also discusses at length the savings-led-microfinance, which IPA is busy evaluating also in four locations (Mali, Ghana, Uganda and Malawi).  Needless to say, I couldn't agree more that savings-led approaches hold a lot of promise.  Of course, that is in theory, and now we need to see the data to find out the answer.  Stay tuned (patiently please!).

Media Coverage
December 24, 2009

Nicholas Kristof names Deworm the World, an initiative in which IPA is a prominent partner, as a great idea for a charitable holiday gift.

Media Coverage
November 30, 2009

Profiles the research and results of IPA Research Affiliates and the Jameel Poverty Action Lab, discussing results from work by Abhijit Banerjee, Rachel Glennerster, Esther Duflo, Pascaline Dupas, Michael Kremer, Edward Miguel, and Karthik Muralidharan.

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November 20, 2009

Nicholas Kristof mentions the effectiveness of deworming, based on a study by IPA Research Affiliates, in a discussion of changing attitudes towards foreign aid. 

"Take education. Given the problems with school-building programs, donors have turned to other strategies to increase the number of students, and these are often much more cost-effective: (1) Deworm children. This costs about 50 cents per child per year and reduces absenteeism from anemia, sickness and malnutrition. A Kenya study found, in effect, that it is only one twenty-fifth as expensive to increase school attendance...

October 09, 2009

A recent Aid Watch blog post from guest blogger, Franck Wiebe (who also happens to be my former boss,) gives a very clear explanation why the “helicopter test” makes a lot of sense in weighing which assistance programs to fund.  He writes,

“In the face of particularly senseless uses of foreign assistance, aid workers sometimes say 'it would have been better to drop the money out of a helicopter' to convey how bad programs waste money.”

The helicopter analogy itself might come off as a rather flippant way to...