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Young Adult Obesity and Household Income: Effects of Unconditional Cash Transfers

This study uses a quasi-experimental design to show that the effects of household cash transfers during childhood on young adult BMI differ depending on the household’s initial socioeconomic status.

Researchers
Randall Akee, Emilia Simeonova, William Copeland et al.
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods, Difference-in-Differences, Multivariate Regression
Locations
United States of America
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers); Health (Child Health)
Drought of Opportunities: Contemporaneous and Long Term Impacts of Rainfall Shocks on Human Capital

This study merged rainfall data with school testing outcomes to explore the impact of droughts on educational outcomes among children in various life stages.

Researchers
Manisha Shah, Bryce Millett Steinberg
Methodologies
Multivariate Regression
Locations
India (South Asia)
Development Topics
(Nutrition); Health (Maternal & Infant Health); Education & Labor (Early Childhood Development); Climate & Environment
Early Life Health Interventions and Academic Achievement

Parallel evaluations in Chile and Norway revealed that increased medical care provided to newborns with low birth weights reduced infant mortality and boosted academic achievement.

Researchers
Prashant Bharadwaj, Christopher Neilson, Katrine Vellesen Loken
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods, Regression Discontinuity
Locations
Chile (Latin America and the Caribbean); Norway
Development Topics
Health (Child Health); Education & Labor (Early Childhood Development; Primary & Secondary Education)
Empowering Young Women in Malawi: A Mixed Methods Approach

This project evaluates the long-term impacts of cash transfers (both conditional and unconditional) on young women’s self-esteem and aspirations.

Researchers
Craig McIntosh, Sarah Baird, Ephraim Chirwa et al.
Methodologies
Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Malawi (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers); Health (Maternal & Infant Health; Reproductive Health & Family Planning); Education & Labor (Gender; Primary & Secondary Education)
Biomarker Validation of Self-Reported Sexual Behavior among Women in Zimbabwe

Results from biomarker testing of women's recent sexual activity contrasted sharply with self-reported behavior, independent of whether the interview was face-to-face or computer-assisted.

Researchers
Nancy Padian, Alexandria M. Minnis, Markus J. Steiner (FHI 360) et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Zimbabwe (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Health (Reproductive Health & Family Planning)
Stimulating Demand for Long Acting Reversible Contraception in Zimbabwe

Researchers evaluate the effectiveness of a community-based intervention to increase women's uptake of Long Acting Reversible Contraception.

Researchers
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Zimbabwe (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Health (Reproductive Health & Family Planning)
Cash Transfers and Domestic Violence in Ecuador

Researchers exploit the randomized roll out of an unconditional cash transfer program to understand the relationship between income and domestic violence.

Researchers
Lia Fernald, Melissa Hidrobo
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Ecuador (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers)
Poverty Alleviation and Maternal Depression in Mexico

Oportunidades, a large-scale conditional cash transfer (CCT) program aimed at poverty alleviation and child health in Mexico, resulted in a clinically meaningful reduction in maternal depression.

Researchers
Lia Fernald, Emily Ozer, Ann Weber et al.
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods, Statistical Matching
Locations
Mexico (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers); Health (Maternal & Infant Health; Mental Health; Reproductive Health & Family Planning)
Enhancing Food Production and Food Security through Improved Inputs: An Evaluation of Tanzania's National Agricultural Input Voucher Scheme with a Focus on Gender Impacts

This study examines the effects of vouchers for agricultural inputs on household income, agriculture production and food security.

Researchers
Sandra McCoy, Nancy Padian, Madhur Gautam et al.
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods, - Difference-in-Differences
Locations
Tanzania (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Agriculture (Inputs)
Slum Housing Upgrading in El Salvador, Mexico & Uruguay

Building a Brighter Future: Slum-Housing Upgrading for Informal Settlements

Researchers
Paul Gertler, Ryan Cooper, Sebastian Galiani et al.
Methodologies
Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Uruguay, Mexico, El Salvador (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Health (Mental Health); Technology & Infrastructure (Housing)
Demand for Nontraditional Cookstoves in Bangladesh

This study examines the impact of intra-household preferences for nontraditional cookstoves, information dissemination and price effects of nontraditional cookstove technology in rural Bangladesh.

Researchers
Grant Miller, Robert Bailis, Puneet Dwivedi et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Bangladesh (South Asia)
Development Topics
Climate & Environment (Energy; Pollution Control); Health
Expanding Access to Formal Savings Accounts in Chile, Malawi, the Philippines, and Uganda

Four separate parallel studies conducted simultaneously in Chile, Malawi, the Phillippines, and Uganda to better understand the impact of expanding access to formal savings accounts.

Researchers
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Chile (Latin America and the Caribbean); Malawi, Uganda (Sub-Saharan Africa); Philippines (Southeast Asia)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Financial Services)