Development policy

The Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policies (EDePo) is a focal point for research on the impact of a range of specific interventions related to early child development, health, nutrition, skill acquisition and education, sanitation, credit and insurance, anti-poverty transfers, labour markets, consumption, and tax and benefits reforms in developing countries.

Work at the Centre is strongly grounded in economic theory and enriched by the development and use of innovative measurement tools and by collaboration with researchers from other disciplines. The Centre also provides support to institutions conducting evaluations and engages in advocacy on best practice in evaluations and on the design of interventions themselves.


The changing landscape of UK aid

| Briefing Note

This briefing note, released as part of the IFS's pre-election analysis, provides key information on UK aid spending.

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Estimating the production function for human capital: results from a randomized controlled trial in Colombia

| Working Paper

We examine the channels through which a randomized early childhood intervention in Colombia led to signi cant gains in cognitive and socio-emotional skills among a sample of disadvantaged children aged 12 to 24 months at baseline. We estimate the determinants of material and time investments in these children and evaluate the im- pact of the treatment on such investments. We then estimate the production functions for cognitive and socio-emotional skills. The e ects of the program can be explained by increases in parental investments, which have strong e ects on outcomes and are complementary to both maternal skills and child's baseline skills.

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Labor markets and poverty in village economies

| Journal Articles

We study how women’s choices over labor activities in village economies correlate with poverty and whether enabling the poorest women to take on the activities of their richer counterparts can set them on a sustainable trajectory out of poverty.

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