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    • Being Surveyed Can Change Later Behavior and Related Parameter Estimates 

      Zwane, A. P.; Zinman, J.; Van Dusen, E.; Pariente, W.; Null, C.; Miguel, E.; Kremer, Michael R.; Karlan, D. S.; Hornbeck, Richard A.; Gine, X.; Duflo, E.; Devoto, F.; Crepon, B.; Banerjee, A. (National Academy of Sciences, 2011)
      Does completing a household survey change the later behavior of those surveyed? In three field studies of health and two of microlending, we randomly assigned subjects to be surveyed about health and/or household finances ...
    • The Case for Mass Treatment of Intestinal Helminths in Endemic Areas 

      Hicks, Joan Hamory; Kremer, Michael; Miguel, Edward (Public Library of Science, 2015)
      Two articles published earlier this year in the International Journal of Epidemiology [1,2] have re-ignited the debate over the World Health Organization’s long-held recommendation of mass-treatment of intestinal helminths ...
    • Deworming and Development: Asking the Right Questions, Asking the Questions Right 

      Bundy, Donald A. P.; Kremer, Michael R.; Bleakley, Hoyt; Jukes, Matthew; Miguel, Edward (Public Library of Science, 2009)
      Two billion people are infected with intestinal worms. In many areas, the majority of schoolchildren are infected, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has called for school-based mass deworming. The key area for debate ...
    • Disorganization 

      Blanchard, Olivier; Kremer, Michael R. (MIT Press, 1997)
      Under central planning, many firms relied on a single supplier for critical inputs. Transition has led to decentralized bargaining between suppliers and buyers. Under incomplete contracts or asymmetric information, bargaining ...
    • Early-Life Malaria Exposure and Adult Outcomes: Evidence from Malaria Eradication in India 

      Cutler, David M.; Fung, Winnie; Kremer, Michael R.; Singhal, Monica; Vogl, Tom (American Economic Association, 2010)
      We examine the effects of exposure to malaria in early childhood on educational attainment and economic status in adulthood by exploiting geographic variation in malaria prevalence in India prior to a nationwide eradication ...
    • Essays in Development and Behavioral Economics 

      Schilbach, Frank N. (2015-05-21)
      This dissertation consists of three empirical essays in development and behavioral economics. Chapter 1 considers the impact of heavy alcohol consumption on savings behavior among low-income males in India. High levels ...
    • Essays in Development Economics 

      Trucco, Laura Carolina (2015-09-04)
      Economic development, more often than not, is tightly connected to good governance and adequate provision of public goods and services. My dissertation examines characteristics of developing countries that are relevant to ...
    • Essays in Development Economics 

      Bjorkegren, Daniel Ingvar (2014-06-06)
      Economic development is often associated with the adoption of new technologies. The three chapters in this dissertation ask how societies can achieve efficient adoption of these technologies. The first two chapters analyze ...
    • Essays in Development Economics and Political Economy 

      Casaburi, Lorenzo (2013-09-30)
      Chapter 1 studies the electoral response to the Ghost Buildings program, a nationwide anti tax evasion policy in Italy which used innovative monitoring technologies to target buildings hidden from tax authorities. The ...
    • Essays in Public Finance and Development Economics 

      Naritomi, Joana (2014-06-06)
      This dissertation comprises three chapters. The first chapter investigates whether consumers can help governments improve firm compliance with the Value Added Tax. It exploits quasi-experimental variation from a government ...
    • Essays on Development Economics: Consumers, Firms, and Financial Institutions 

      Wang, Zhaoning (2016-05-18)
      This dissertation presents three chapters addressing issues pertaining to consumers, firms, and financial institutions in the developing world. The first chapter, co-authored with Juan Ma and Tarun Khanna, evaluates the ...
    • Estimating the Impact of the Hajj: Religion and Tolerance in Islam's Global Gathering 

      Clingingsmith, David; Khwaja, Asim Ijaz; Kremer, Michael R. (MIT Press, 2009)
      We estimate the impact on pilgrims of performing the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Our method compares successful and unsuccessful applicants in a lottery used by Pakistan to allocate Hajj visas. Pilgrim accounts stress that ...
    • Incentives to Learn 

      Kremer, Michael R.; Miguel, Edward; Thornton, Rebecca (MIT Press, 2009)
      We study a randomized evaluation of a merit scholarship program in which Kenyan girls who scored well on academic exams had school fees paid and received a grant. Girls showed substantial exam score gains, and teacher ...
    • On the Demand for Education in India 

      Steinberg, Mary BM (2015-05-15)
      In this dissertation I examine the impacts of market forces and government programs on households' demand for human capital in India. The first chapter examines the impact of ITES Centers on school enrollment using ...
    • Patent Buyouts: A Mechanism for Encouraging Innovation 

      Kremer, Michael R. (MIT Press, 1998)
      In 1839 the French government purchased the Daguerreotype patent and placed it in the public domain. Such patent buyouts could potentially eliminate the monopoly price distortions and incentives for rent-stealing duplicative ...
    • Three Field Experiments on Incentives for Health Workers 

      Lee, Scott S. (2015-05-19)
      The economic study of incentives in firms has traditionally focused on one type of incentive—pecuniary—and one causal mechanism—the direct effect of incentives on effort. This dissertation uses three randomized field ...