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I am collaborating with Evidence Action on
a large scale cluster randomized trial to study issues related to
the delivery of information on child nutrition to households through
local volunteers in Western Kenya. This project builds up on my
previous study on nutrition in Malawi (see below).
Miller (Stanford), Scott
Rozelle (Stanford), Sean Sylvia
Luo and Linxiu
Zhang (Chinese Academy of Science), and I are carrying out a
randomized trial that provides incentives to schools principals in
China to reduce anemia and improve test-scores. The experiment
involves 300 schools in the provices of Shaanxi, Qinghai, and Gansu.
The first paper of this study is available through the NBER.
Together with Pedro
Holmlund and Femi Adegoke, we are studying whether and why
monetary and non-monetary incentives can help to improve the
retention of midwives at rural health centers in Nigeria. Within a
cluster randomized trial, we are conducting several behavioral games
to help us understand the mechanisms, as well as to help us with the
structural models that we plan to estimate. We have used tablets to
collect the first phase of the baseline, which is almost complete.
I am involved with Emla
Stein and Soham Sen in the evaluation of a community program
to improve nutritional outcomes in Nepal. The program works by
providing incentives to those communities that achieve pre-specified
goals. The data collection is particularly rich and includes data on
both social networks and social capital (assessed through behavioral
I am involved in the evaluation of the
Evaluation of Social Franchising and Telemedicine (BEST)
program. As part of this evaluation, we are measuring the competence
and performance of health care providers in rural areas. To measure
the performance, we use a mystery shopper/standardized patient
methodology. We have already collected the baseline and we will be
collecting the endline in the spring of 2014. The study is led by Manoj Mohanan
(Duke) and includes partners from the US (Stanford University)
and India (ISERDD and Sambodhi Research and Communications).
I have led a research project to study the economic effects of
improving child health in Malawi (together with Emla Fitzsimons,
Mesnard and Sonia
Lewycka). To that effect, socio-economic, health and
nutritional data were collected around a cluster randomized trial of
two community interventions that aimed at improving maternal and
newborn care in Mchinji. The interventions were undertaken by MaiMwana,
which is advised by the UCL
Institute of Global Health. The data was collected using PDAs
(download a presentation here).
The data can be downloaded from HERE
I was part of a team formed by Econometría
de Información, and The
Institute for Fiscal Studies that designed the questionnaires
of the Colombian welfare programs Familias en Acción, Empleo en
Acción, and Jóvenes en Acción. The data and questionnaires can be
downloaded from the website of the Department of National Planning
of the Colombian government. Click HERE
to go to the website.