Energy and Economic Growth Applied Research Programme
Paul Gertler is the Deputy Research Director of the new Energy and Economic Growth (EEG) applied research programme. Over the course of five years, EEG is exploring how investments in large-scale energy systems—including energy supply, regulation, efficiency, and clean energy technology—contribute to poverty alleviation and economic growth. Through a series of rigorous studies, the program will generate a body of evidence to inform energy policy and other high-level decisions being made in the energy sector in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
New Published Papers
In a new paper in the Journal of the European Economic Association, Paul Gertler and co-authors use a multicountry field experiment to examine the impact on subjective measures of well-being of the provision of improved housing to extremely poor populations in order to test whether they exhibit hedonic adaptation when their basic housing needs are met.
In a new paper in PLOS One, researchers present the results of two large-scale, government-led handwashing and sanitation promotion campaigns in rural Tanzania, with the objective of tracing the causal chain from hygiene and sanitation promotion to changes in child health outcomes and specifically testing for potential interaction effects of combining handwashing and sanitation interventions.
In a forthcoming paper in the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Paul Gertler and co-authors use a randomized field experiment conducted in Argentina to show that costs of adjustment as opposed to low perceived value may explain why improved quality care practices diffuse slowly in the medical industry.
In a forthcoming paper in the American Economic Association Papers and Proceedings, researchers study a natural experiment in Mexico and find a strong negative correlation between the reduction in travel distance to access bank accounts and financial activity.
Now Available: Impact Evaluation in Practice handbook (2nd Edition)
The second edition of the Impact Evaluation in Practice handbook is now available. The handbook is a comprehensive introduction to impact evaluation for policymakers and development practitioners. The updated version covers the latest techniques for evaluating programs, with expanded case studies. Complementary online instructional material and course are available here.
New Working Papers
Using a multi-country field experiment, Paul Gertler and co-authors test the effect of a slum-housing intervention on the housing aspirations of non-beneficiary neighbors.
Using a randomized control trial in Brazil, Paul Gertler and co-authors test the hypothesis that economic vulnerability causes citizens to participate in clientelism.
Paul Gertler and co-authors examine why replication is so rare in economics and propose changes to the incentives to replicate.
Paul Gertler and co-authors study the interaction between job and soft skills training on expectations and labor market outcomes in the context of a youth training program in the Dominican Republic.