Studies

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / Global / 2011

A historical overview of malaria.

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab / Global / 2010

An overview of the results from various health-related RCTs conducted by the Poverty Action Lab.

Michael Specter / Global / 2010

An examination of ideological inflexibility and the consequences when it replaces open-minded rational skepticism.

David Cutler, Winnie Fung, Michael Kremer, Monica Singhal and Tom Vogl / India / 2010

Exploiting variation in malaria prevalence during India's eradication program, malaria exposure as children has modest effects on consumption for prime age men. Educational attainment is unaffected for men, and results are mixed for women.

Jessica Cohen, Pascaline Dupas / Kenya / 2010

Using a field experiment in Kenya, the authors demonstrate that offering pregnant women free insecticide-treated bednets did not impact use. Demand, however, was highly sensitive to increasing prices, even at subsidized cost-sharing levels.

Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo / India / 2010

From the abstract: "This essay brings together some recent evidence which highlights some of the difficulties that will have to be faced by any government that is serious about improving health-care for the poor."

Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Rachel Glennerster and Dhruva Kothari / India / 2010

A field experiment in rural India demonstrates that reliability of healthcare supply improves immunization rates, but only modestly. "Small incentives have large positive impacts on the uptake of immunisation services in resource poor areas and are more cost effective than purely improving supply."

Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Rachel Glennerster / India / 2010

A randomized control trial of decentralized iron-fortified flour in India. The study found that while iron-fortified flour had a demonstrable impact on health, flour millers did not continue fortifying their flour and thus take-up tapered off as families did not continue requesting the miller to include iron.

Adrienne Lucas / Paraguay, Sri Lanka / 2010

Using malaria eradication campaigns as a quasi-experiment, the author finds that eradication of malaria in Paraguay and Sri Lanka had strong effects on educational attainment and literacy among women.

Hoyt Bleakley / USA, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia / 2010

Malaria eradication campaigns, driven largely by the use of DDT as a pesticide, are used as a source of exogenous change. Here, the author finds that malaria eradication led to higher incomes in adults who avoided malaria as children.