Every year students completing the Masters program in International Development and Policy (MIDP) work with a client to produce an applied empirical report which answers a policy-relevant question.
On the right are some examples of previous projects.
Can sanitation marketing improve latrine usage and reduce incidence of diarrhea? Evidence from Cambodia.
Using a difference-in-difference empirical strategy, the students found that latrine coverage increased by 17.8 percentage points in regions targeted by the sanitation marketing program compared to the control regions, while diarrhea decreased by 5.8 percentage points.
What are the Determinants of Household Resilience to Conflict in Nigeria?
Using a difference-in-difference-in-difference strategy the students found that: (i) poorer households are more likely to be affected by conflict; (ii) an increase in conflict exposure is associated with a reduction in food consumption and increase in child malnutrition; (iii) and villages with higher social capital and access to services can mitigate the negative impact of conflict on measures of child malnutrition including stunting, underweight, and wasting.
What were the impacts of Ebola on the labor market in Sierra Leone?
Using a difference-in-difference empirical strategy, the students find that households in regions most exposed to Ebola experienced a reduction in employment in the farming sector the subsequent year, relative to regions that were less exposed. This was partially offset by an increase in non-formal self-employment.
Policy brief and technical report
What predicts violence in Iraq?
The students use machine learning techniques to predict incidence of violence in Iraq. They find that voting behavior and links with tribal chiefs as the strongest predictors.
Can private school vouchers improve student performance in India?
The students report results of a randomized evaluation of a voucher program to attend low-fee private schools in New Delhi. Consistent with previous studies, they find that the voucher program had a negative impact on Hindi but a positive impact on English learning outcomes.