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Edward Miguel
University of California, Berkeley
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#1Adrien Bouguen (University of California, Berkeley)H-Index: 3
#2Yue Huang (University of California, Berkeley)
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We assess evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on long-run economic productivity and living standards in poor countries. We first document that several studies estimate large positive ...
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#1Garret ChristensenH-Index: 4
#2Jeremy FreeseH-Index: 32
Last.Edward MiguelH-Index: 44
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#1Kenneth LeeH-Index: 6
#2Edward MiguelH-Index: 44
Last.Catherine D. WolframH-Index: 27
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#1Michal BauerH-Index: 9
#2Julie ChytilováH-Index: 8
Last.Edward MiguelH-Index: 44
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Can a short survey instrument reliably measure a range of fundamental economic preferences across diverse settings? We focus on survey questions that systematically predict behavior in incentivized experimental tasks among German university students (Becker et al. 2016) and were implemented among representative samples across the globe (Falk et al. 2018). This paper presents results of an experimental validation conducted among low-income individuals in Nairobi, Kenya. We find that quantitative ...
#2Joan Hamory HicksH-Index: 10
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We examine the stability of preferences over time using panel data from Kenya on fertility intentions, realizations, and recall of intentions. We find that desired fertility is very unstable, but that most people perceive their desires to be stable. Under hypothetical scenarios, few expect their desired fertility to increase over time. Moreover, when asked to recall past intentions, most respondents report previously wanting exactly as many children as they desire today. Biased recall of prefere...
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Accumulating evidence indicates that environmental temperature substantially affects economic outcomes and violence, but the reasons for this linkage are not well understood. We systematically evaluate the effect of thermal stress on multiple dimensions of economic decisionmaking, judgment, and destructive behavior with 2,000 participants in Kenya and the US who were randomly assigned to different temperatures in a laboratory. We find that most dimensions of decision-making are unaffected by tem...
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#1Lars Ivar Oppedal Berge (NHH: Norwegian School of Economics)H-Index: 4
#2Kjetil Bjorvatn (NHH: Norwegian School of Economics)H-Index: 18
Last.Kelly Zhang (UCLA: University of California, Los Angeles)H-Index: 2
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#1Kjetil BjorvatnH-Index: 18
#2Simon GalleH-Index: 2
Last.Kelly ZhangH-Index: 2
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Author(s): Bjorvatn, Kjetil; Galle, Simon; Berge, Lars Ivar Oppedal; Miguel, Edward; Posner, Daniel N; Tungodden, Bertil; Zhang, Kelly
We assess evidence from randomized control trials (RCTs) on long-run economic productivity and living standards in poor countries. We first document that several studies estimate large positive long-run impacts, but that relatively few existing RCTs have been evaluated over the long-run. We next present evidence from a systematic survey of existing RCTs, with a focus on cash transfer and child health programs, and show that a meaningful subset can realistically be evaluated for long-run effects....
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Where the state is weak, traditional authorities often control the local provision of land, justice, and public goods. These authorities are criticized for ruling in an undemocratic and unaccountable fashion, and are typically quite old and poorly educated relative to younger cohorts who have benefited from recent schooling expansions. We experimentally evaluate two solutions to these problems in rural Sierra Leone: an expensive long-term intervention to make local institutions more inclusive; a...
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