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Refugees and the Education of Host Populations
February 08, 2024
The Responsibility of My Country in an Unjust Global System
February 02, 2024
Designing a Randomized Controlled Trial on Livelihoods for Refugees and Hosts: The Case of Re:Build in Kampala
January 30, 2024
As policymakers in protracted refugee situations shift from short-term humanitarian responses to longer-term development support, it is critical to identify effective approaches for allocating scarce resources. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on livelihood programs for refugees annually, y...
Can Redistribution Change Policy Views? Aid and Attitudes toward Refugees in Uganda
May 04, 2023
Many public policies create (perceived) winners and losers, but there is little evidence on whether redistribution can support new political economy equilibria that raise aggregate welfare. We study a Ugandan policy that redistributes 30 percent of foreign aid for refugees to Ugandans while allowing...
Live Tutoring Calls Did Not Improve Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Sierra Leone
September 01, 2021
Education systems regularly face unexpected school closures, whether due to disease outbreaks, natural disasters, or other adverse shocks. In this paper we evaluate the effectiveness of live tutoring calls from teachers using an RCT with 4,399 primary school students in Sierra Leone.
Deliberative Democracy and the Resource Curse: A Nationwide Experiment in Tanzania
September 11, 2020
The Political Economy of Testing in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa
September 12, 2019
Most countries in sub-Saharan Africa have not implemented testing of children’s learning that can be benchmarked regionally or globally, in contrast to almost all countries in Latin America. Our analysis of the political economy of cross-national learning measurement in Latin America suggests ...
The Dilemma of the African Development Bank: Does Governance Matter for the Long-Run Financing of the MDBs? - Working Paper 498
November 29, 2018
Does governance matter for the long-run financing and effectiveness the multilateral development banks? Does their system of weighted voting matter for their long-run access to financing and their effectiveness as development institutions? Does the voting structure involve some tradeoff between the ...
The Impact of Civil Conflict on Child Malnutrition and Mortality, Nigeria, 2002-2013 - Working Paper 494
August 29, 2018
In this paper, we show a strong association between living close to a conflict zone and acute malnutrition in Nigerian children in 2013. This is related to the severity of the conflict, measured both in terms of the number of conflict deaths and the length of time the child was exposed to conflict. ...