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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
25 June 2012
Orazio Attanasio, Emla Fitzsimons, Camila Fernandez, Sally Grantham-McGregor, Costas Meghir and Marta Rubio Codina
Presentation on Early Childhood Development 25th June 2012
31 May 2012
Britta Augsburg, Orazio Attanasio, Ralph de Haas, Heike Harmgart and Emla Fitzsimons
Microfinance institutions across the world are moving from group lending to individual lending. This EBRD Impact Brief presents some such evidence from a recent randomised field experiment in Mongolia.
04 May 2012
Presented at the Mirrlees Review: Tax Reform for a Modern Economy, 4 May, 2012, Istanbul
19 April 2012
Despite the rapid expansion and increasing importance of private education in developing countries, very little is known about the impact of studying in private schools on educational attainment and wages. This paper contributes to fi…lling this gap by estimating the returns to private high schools in Mexico.
13 April 2012
This is a summary of an intervention which we are investigating in an early child development project in Colombia.
11 April 2012
Incorrect knowledge of the health production function may lead to inefficient household choices, and thereby to the production of suboptimal levels of health. This paper studies the effects of a randomised intervention in rural Malawi which, over a six-month period, provided mothers of young infants with information on child nutrition without supplying any monetary or in-kind resources.
26 March 2012
These slides accompanied a presentation at an event organised by the Colombian government on 26 March 2012 in Bogota.
19 March 2012
This presentation was given at the Centre for Study of African Economies Conference in Oxford on 18-20 March 2012 and the Royal Economic Society Annual Conference in Cambridge on 26-28 March 2012.
11 March 2012
Orazio Attanasio, Erich Battistin and Alice Mesnard
This paper analyses food Engel curves amongst the poor population targeted by a conditional cash transfer programme in Colombia.
08 March 2012
Emla Fitzsimons and Alice Mesnard
This paper investigates how the permanent departure of the father from the household affects children's school enrolment and work participation in rural Colombia.
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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.