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Helping Children Catch Up: Early Life Shocks and the Progresa Experiment
Can investing in children who faced adverse events in early childhood help them catch up? We answer this question using two orthogonal sources of variation – resource availability at birth (localExpand
Firing Costs and Flexibility: Evidence from Firms' Employment Responses to Shocks in India
Abstract A key prediction of dynamic labor demand models is that firing restrictions attenuate firms' employment responses to economic fluctuations. We provide the first direct test of thisExpand
Endowments at Birth and Parents' Investments in Children
Do parents invest more in higher quality children, or do they compensate for lower quality by giving more to children with lower endowments? We answer this question in the context of a large-scaleExpand
Management and Shocks to Worker Productivity: Evidence from Air Pollution Exposure in an Indian Garment Factory∗
Rapid industrial growth has generated high levels of pollution in many urban areas of developing countries. We study the role of pollution as a tax on worker effort in an Indian garment factory inExpand
Learning, Misallocation, and Technology Adoption: Evidence from New Malaria Therapy in Tanzania.
I study how the misallocation of new technology to individuals who have low ex post returns to its use affects learning and adoption behavior. I focus on antimalarial treatment, which is frequentlyExpand
Early Life Circumstance and Adult Mental Health
We show that psychological well-being in adulthood varies with circumstance in early life. Combining a time series of real producer prices of cocoa with a nationally representative household surveyExpand
Fetal origins of mental health: evidence from Africa
Mental health disorders are a substantial portion of the global disease burden, yet their determinants are understudied, particularly in developing countries. We find that temperature shocks in uteroExpand
The Light and the Heat: Productivity Co-Benefits of Energy-Saving Technology
We study the adoption of energy-efficient LED lighting in garment factories around Bangalore, India. Combining daily production line–level data with weather data, we estimate a negative, nonlinear ...
Dust and Death: Evidence from the West African Harmattan
Dust pollution in West Africa increases infant and child mortality. Employing differences in differences, we make three contributions. First, using data from 12 poor countries, we highlight theExpand
The Skills to Pay the Bills: Returns to On-the-Job Soft Skills Training
We evaluate the causal impacts of on-the-job soft skills training on the productivity, wages, and retention of female garment workers in India. The program increased women’s extraversion andExpand
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