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.