Jishnu Das, Carolina Sanchez-Paramo / India / 2003

From the abstract: "The authors show that short duration morbidities are important in terms of prevalence, practitioner visits, and household health expenditure: Individuals report a short duration morbidity in one out of every five weeks...The authors discuss the implications of these findings in understanding household health behavior in an urban context, with special emphasis on the role of information in health-seeking behavior."

Jeemol Unni, Uma Rani, / India / 2003

A theoretical model and empirical evidence are presented regarding the social protection mechanisms informal workers face.

Jishnu Das, Saumya Das / India / 2003

From the abstract: "We show that informational constraints play an important role in the household decision to seek vaccination, and moreover, that learning about the efficacy of vaccinations only through empirical observation may be hard even in environments with variation in vaccination and the high incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases. We argue that when learning about vaccination is inefficient, households use concurrent interventions with easily observable outcomes to evaluate the veracity of a provider's claim regarding preventive care. "

RE Quick, A Kimura, A Thevos, M Tembo, I Shamputa, L Hutwagner, and E Mintz / Zambia / 2002

A water quality intervention in 200+ villages in Zambia demonstrates the significant impact clean water has on waterborne illnesses. The intervention included water treatment, safe storage and community education.

Tom Holloway / Swaziland / 2002

News story describing Swazi King Mswati's ban on "providing lavish food and drink to mourners at funerals."

Paul Gertler, Jonathan Gruber / Indonesia / 2002

From the abstract: "One of the most sizable and least predictable shocks to economic opportunities in developing countries is major illness.We investigate the extent to which families are able to insure consumption against major illness using a unique panel data set from Indonesia that combines excellent measures of health status with consumption information."

Fred Arnold, Sunita Kishor, and T. K. Roy / India / 2002

An examination of the prevalence of sex-selective abortion in India.

Joshua Angrist, Eric Bettinger, Erik Bloom, Elizabeth King, Michael Kremer / Colombia / 2002

After the Colombian government randomly allocated secondary school tuition vouchers, students were found to be more likely to have finished grade 8.

Raymond Fisman / Indonesia / 2001

Examining Suharto's dictatorship in Indonesia, the author finds that stock market values of businesses by Suharto's relatives fell or rose with his health - indicating that businesses connected to him enjoyed greater market value.

Esther Duflo / Indonesia / 2001

Exploiting a natural experiment (the Indonesian government's school construction program), the author finds strong positive economic returns to education.