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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
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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
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Firing Costs and Flexibility: Evidence from Firms' Employment Responses to Shocks in India
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 this prediction usingExpand
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Psychological distress in Ghana: associations with employment and lost productivity
ObjectivesMental health disorders account for 13% of the global burden of disease, a burden that low-income countries are generally ill-equipped to handle. Research evaluating the association betweenExpand
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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
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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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