June 29, 2009

Google announces its first major initiative in Uganda, which makes available a suite of cell phone applications--including services to offer health and agriculture tips and a platform that helps buyers and sellers connect to one another--designed to serve the needs of the poor and increase access to information and communications technology. Innovations for Poverty Action will conduct an accompanying social impact assessment to evaluate the outcomes of the project.

Thomas Chupein
Dean Karlan, Bram Thuysbaert, Rita Hamad
April 20, 2009

This month's Atlantic Monthly has a controversial article about breastfeeding, specifically making arguments against breastfeeding.  The arguments are of two types.  One is social and normative, and the other is on the evidence.  My thoughts, naturally, are on the evidence.  The journalist makes a classic error in understanding and interpreting "treatment effects."  Here is a clip:

"Both the Kramer study and the sibling study did turn up one interesting finding: a bump in “cognitive ability” among breast-fed children. But intelligence is tricky to measure, because it’s subjective...

Angela Ambroz
Dean Karlan, Bram Thuysbaert, Christopher Udry
April 10, 2009

We were pleased to see Bill Easterly highlight The Hunger Project, a partner of our's in Ghana, on his blog, Aid Watch.  In fact, it wasn't necessary for skepticism to take a full day off because there is a rigorous evaluation of the project underway.  With funding from the Robertson Foundation, researchers at Yale, Berkeley and IPA have just begun a study of the project's impact on the communities in Eastern Ghana.  

The interesting thing about this project is the impressive committment of THP to not only the mission of...

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March 05, 2009

IPA partners with a rural bank in Agusan del Norte Philippines have started a savings program to help smokers kick the habit by encouraging smokers to deposit their would be cigarette money into a savings account instead.

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November 17, 2008

Thomas Bossuroy and Clara Delavallade describe how school-based deworming programs dramatically improve child health and education at a low cost.

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May 21, 2008

Abhijit Banerjee said the state of maternal and child health in the country is worse than that in sub-Saharan Africa.

Related Projects:
Healthcare and Health Status in India

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March 10, 2008

Cessation of smoking research conducted in the Philippines by Xavier Gine, Dean Karlan and Jon Zinman discussed in the NYTimes Freakonomics blog.

Related Projects:
The Impact of CARES Commitment Savings for Smoking Cessation in the Philippines

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August 06, 2006

At a time when millions of people each year are still being infected with the virus that causes AIDS, particularly in Africa, a rigorous new study has identified several simple, inexpensive methods that helped reduce the spread of the disease among Kenyan teenagers, especially girls.