Recent papers by EGC affiliates on global development, explained.
What can economic history tell us about the future of water policy?
ECG affiliate José Antonio Espín-Sánchez examines how water quotas and flexible punishments for water theft have sustained a Spanish farming community for centuries
New analysis of the costs and benefits of expanding India’s energy infrastructure
EGC affiliate Nicholas Ryan finds that constrained energy markets lead to higher energy prices, and investing in more infrastructure is likely to be highly cost-effective.
Promising results from a policy experiment aiming to reduce air pollution in India
EGC economists Rohini Pande and Nicholas Ryan are part of a team of researchers who have collaborated with policymakers in the state of Gujarat, India to test the world’s first pilot ETS for particulate matter.
New survey findings on vaccine acceptance in developing nations
A new study by EGC affiliate Mushfiq Mobarak & coauthors found that Covid-19 vaccine acceptance is significantly higher in low- and middle-income countries than wealthy ones. The results suggest that prioritizing developing nations for vaccine distribution could help save more lives.
Empowering women through direct digital payments
New research by EGC Director Rohini Pande and coauthors shows that giving women in India’s Madhya Pradesh state greater digital control over their wages led to a surprising range of benefits.
How do migration subsidies impact rural communities?
EGC affiliates Costas Meghir and Mushfiq Mobarak, and Yale grads Corina Mommaerts (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Melanie Morten (Stanford University) describe their work .
Cash transfers to poor rural villages – do they affect food prices? How?
EGC affiliate Orazio Attanasio and coauthor Elena Pastorino show that a conditional cash transfer program in rural Mexico has countervailing effects for the poor in terms of consumption and prices.
New findings on the effects of widespread arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh
EGC affiliate Mark Rosenzweig and coauthors combine economics, genetics, and family lineages to show the direct effects of arsenic-contaminated water on cognition, physical strength, and earnings.
Bridges between villages in Nicaragua serve as links to markets
EGC researcher Kevin Donovan and coauthor find that building footbridges positively affects rural economies in flood-prone areas.
New research shows the productivity of outside managers plays a role for firm dynamics in India
EGC affiliate Michael Peters and coauthors create a new model tracing the relationship between the growth and performance of firms and the efficiency of outside managers.
Unequal treatment of men and women by economic law: Global trends
Penny Goldberg and coauthors analyze legal economic discrimination over the past 50 years using the new World Bank Women, Business, and the Law dataset.
Q&A: How can India achieve universal electrification?
A study by Yale’s Nicholas Ryan and coauthors finds that it may be counterproductive to view access to electricity as a right, rather than as a good that must be paid for.
Parental engagement and skills development
EGC faculty affiliates Orazio Attanasio and Costas Meghir identify channels through which early-childhood programs are effective in building cognitive and socio-emotional skills. They launched a randomized controlled trial in Colombia which examines the effects of a toddler play-based learning intervention along with coauthors.
Empowering women through digital wage payments
Providing poor Indian women with greater control of their wages increased labor force participation and led to more progressive gender norms: the results of a large-scale experiment by Rohini Pande of EGC and Charity Troyer Moore of Yale MacMillan Center and coauthors Field, Rigol, and Schaner.