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 July 2018 Impact Note
This month's Impact Note features new research linking temperature and suicide rates, the EASST Summit in Kampala, the upcoming EDI Policy Institute, and CEGA's Data Visualization Contest for the upcoming Global Climate Action Summit, among other things.

Featured CEGA Research: Cash Benchmarking USAID Programs in Rwanda
CEGA affiliate Craig McIntosh's Development Impact Lab research on cash benchmarking was covered in the New York Times.  The project with forthcoming results compares a child malnutrition program to digital household grants, the result of a great partnership with USAID and GiveDirectly. Stay tuned for the results of that project, and several more cash benchmarking evaluations in CEGA's pipeline!

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. They found that access to the loan allowed farmers to store maize when prices were low, use the loan to meet their present consumption needs, and postpone maize sales until prices rose to increase their revenue.

Higher Temperatures Linked to Increased Suicide Rates
A major new study published in Nature by CEGA affiliates Marshall Burke, Sol Hsiang, and coauthors uses data from the United States and Mexico to show that, for every 1 °C increase in monthly average temperature, there is a 0.7% increase in the suicide rate in US counties and 2.1% in Mexican municipalities. The research has been featured in The Atlantic, The Guardian, Wired, The Wall Street Journal, SF Chronicle, and Bloomberg.

Agricultural Effects of Geoengineering
A new study by CEGA affiliates Sol Hsiang, Jen Burney, Marshall Burke, and coauthors was recently published in Nature. Their research uses volcanic eruptions as a proxy for modelling the potential effects of solar geoengineering. They find injecting particles to block sunlight and cool the earth in response to rising temperatures would negatively impact agricultural production. Their study has been featured in The Atlantic, New York Magazine, and UC Berkeley News.