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Development economics
Research in this area at IFS is committed to identifying success and failures in interventions and to promoting best practice in evaluating and conducting interventions. In particular, the Centre will be a focal point for research on the impact of specific interventions in health, nutrition, skill acquisition, education, credit, insurance and labour. It will conduct evaluations of specific interventions in developing countries, provide support to institutions conducting evaluations, engage in advocacy on best practice in terms of evaluations and on the design of interventions itself.

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Year: 151 publications
01 January 2006
Orazio Attanasio and Christine Frayne
We study the prices of basic commodities that are relatively homogeneous in some rural communities in Colombia.
01 January 2006
This study assesses whether the microfinance institution SEWA Bank, India, is meeting its objective of raising its members' income.
13 December 2005
Orazio Attanasio, Luis Carlos Gómez, Patricia Heredia and Marcos Vera-Hernandez
We provide estimates of how the programme has influenced nutrition and health-related indicators for children in the short term, roughly one year after its implementation.
01 June 2005
Orazio Attanasio, C. Castro and Alice Mesnard
Colombia's civil conflict over the last 40 years has displaced many families and individuals from their villages of origin.
26 April 2005
In this paper we evaluate the effect of a large welfare program in rural Mexico.
13 April 2005
Orazio Attanasio and Alice Mesnard
In this report, we assess the short-term impact of the Colombian welfare programme Familias en Acción on consumption and its components.
31 March 2005
We estimate the impact on school enrolment of a large welfare programme in Colombia, Familias en Acción.
27 January 2005
Alice Mesnard
This lecture focuses on Familias en Accion, a conditional cash transfer programme in Colombia, evaluating its effects and results in relation to education, health and nutrition.
12 January 2005
Orazio Attanasio, Erich Battistin, Emla Fitzsimons, Alice Mesnard and Marcos Vera-Hernandez
In this Briefing Note, we will focus on the programme Familias en Acción, the conditional cash-transfer programme implemented by the Colombian government from 2001/02.
01 December 2004
Orazio Attanasio, Luis Carlos Gomez, Ana Gomez Rojas and Marcos Vera-Hernandez
We study the determinants of child anthropometrics on a sample of poor Colombian children living in small municipalities.
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Impact on Society
IFS research has contributed to consultation with governments in developing countries on the design of health and welfare programmes.
IFS researchers develop a model of the Mexican tax system that will be used by the Mexican Government analysts.
IFS researchers developed a cost-effective intervention to improve child development in Colombia.
IFS researchers and the World Bank plan to develop capacity and tools in developing countries for the comprehensive analysis of tax reforms
Researchers at IFS have advised OPORTUNIDADES on the design and evaluation of new scholarships, and are carrying out its impact evaluation.
This survey was among the first to use PDAs for data collection in rural Africa.
IFS researchers working in Malawi trained interviewers in the use of PDAs, helping to collect more complete and accurate information about people's lives.