Abhijit Banerjee, Lakshmi Iyer / India / 2005

From the website: "We analyze the colonial land revenue institutions set up by the British in India, and show that differences in historical property rights institutions lead to sustained differences in economic outcomes."

Rohini Pande, Christopher Udry / Global / 2005

From the abstract: "In this paper we argue the case for greater exploitation of synergies between research on specific institutions based on micro-data and the big questions posed by the institutions and growth literature."

Joshua Angrist, Victor Lavy, Analia Schlosser / Israel / 2005

Using an empirical strategy of investigating sibling-sex composition preferences, as well as twin births, the authors find no evidence of the quality/quantity trade-off in children.

Edward Miguel / Tanzania / 2005

From the abstract: "Extreme rainfall (drought or flood) leads to a large increase in the murder of “witches”— typically elderly women killed by relatives - but not other murders."

Pratham / India / 2005

An overview of the Indian education system by Pratham, an NGO based in Mumbai.

Kaivan Munshi, Jacques Myaux / Bangladesh / 2005

From the abstract: "Consistent with the view that changing social norms are driving changes in reproductive behavior in these communities we ?nd that the individual

Alywn Young / South Africa / 2005

The author argues that, "the AIDS epidemic, on net, enhances the future per capita consumption possibilities of the South African economy."

David Cutler, Grant Miller / USA / 2005

The authors find that, regarding the drop in mortality rates in early 20th century USA, "clean water was responsible for nearly half the total mortality reduction in major cities, three quarters of the infant mortality reduction, and nearly two thirds of the child mortality reduction".

Jishnu Das, Jeffrey Hammer / India / 2005

The authors use vignettes (hypothetical medical scenarios) to examine the competence of public and private healthcare providers in lower- and higher-income areas. Private providers in poorer neighborhoods performed more poorly than those in richer neighborhoods.

Jeffrey Sachs / Global / 2005

Foreign aid targeted at known development issues - for example, health concerns - would empower the poor to defend the rule of law in areas of corruption.