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Education, Health

School Meals, Educational Achievement and School Finance in Kenya

Michael Kremer , Christel Vermeersch

Researchers examined the effects of subsidized school meals on school participation, educational achievement, and school finance in Western Kenya. The results suggest that the meals program led to improved school participation, as well as higher curriculum test scores, but only in schools where the teacher was relatively experienced prior to the program. The school meals also displaced teaching...


The Illusion of Sustainability: Comparing Free Provision of Deworming Drugs and Other "Sustainable" Approaches in Kenya

This study in Kenya found that cost-sharing and health education were not effective alternatives to a total subsidy of deworming drugs.

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Education, Health, Political Economy & Governance

Project Generasi: Conditional Community Block Grants in Indonesia

Benjamin A. Olken , Junko Onishi, Susan Wong

Community block grants improved health and education in Indonesian villages, and adding performance incentives sped up improvements in health.

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Environment, Energy, & Climate Change, Health, Gender

Cooking Stoves, Indoor Air Pollution, and Respiratory Health in India

Improved cooking stoves may be a way to reduce exposure to indoor air pollution, improve health, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. This is largely supported by observational field studies and laboratory experiments. This study tested the impact of a commonly used improved stove that had been shown to reduce indoor air pollution and require less fuel in laboratory tests. While researchers...

Finance, Health

Providing Health Insurance through Microfinance Networks in Rural Karnataka, India

Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo , Richard Hornbeck

Researchers partnered with SKS Microfinance to measure the impact of bundling a health insurance product with microloan renewals on health insurance take-up, and health care use and spending. They found that the requirement to purchase health insurance substantially reduced microcredit clients’ loan renewal rates, meaning that people were willing to give up credit to avoid buying insurance.

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Finance, Health

Credit with Health Insurance: Evidence from the Philippines

Dean Karlan, Jonathan Zinman , Xavier Giné

Researchers are examining the impact of offering health insurance through a microfinance institution on clients’ health behaviors and health outcomes, as well as on the institution’s profit, client retention, and default rates.