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Britta Augsburg

Britta Augsburg

Associate Director

Education

PhD Social Protection Policy, University of Maastricht, 2008
Masters in Econometrics (Doctorandus in Econometrie), University of Maastricht, 2002
Propedeuse in Econometrics, University of Maastricht, 2000

Britta Augsburg is Deputy Director of the development sector of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policies (EDePo), and an affiliated researcher at the United Nations University-Merit in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Her research concentrates on understanding the effectiveness of programs and policies that tackle constraints to productivity of poverty affected individuals and households, with a particular focus on credit and technology adoption constraints. She has worked on a number of studies related to microfinance and particularly the effectiveness of this financial tool in achieving improved outcomes for the intended beneficiaries. At present, a large part of her project portfolio focuses on sanitation technology – understanding information and financial constraints to uptake at the demand as well as the supply side. To this end, she is managing a number of large scale sanitation impact evaluation projects, primarily randomized field experiments, in India and Nigeria.

Journal articles

Journal article | World development
Our study contributes to the understanding of key drivers of stunted growth, a factor widely recognized as major impediment to human capital development.
Journal article | Economic Development and Cultural Change
Our study contributes to the understanding of key drivers of stunted growth, a factor widely recognized as major impediment to human capital development.

Working papers

IFS Working Paper W19/15
This paper estimates flexible child health production functions to investigate whether better water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practices make nutrition intake more productive for children aged 6-24 months.
IFS Working Paper W19/11
We study the effectiveness of a community-level information intervention aimed at reducing open defecation (OD) and increasing sanitation investments in Nigeria. The results of a cluster-randomized control trial conducted in 247 communities between 2014 and 2018 suggest that average impacts are ...

Presentations

Presentation
Beyond development aid: Sanitation financing & revenue models in reuse (human) waste
Presentation
This policy paper was presented at the EDePo 'Improving productivity in developing countries: identifying bottlenecks and obstacles to productive investments and technology adoption' conference held at Goodenough College on the 8th and 9th July 2015.