Paul Gertler

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Families in developing countries face enormous financial risks from major illness both in terms of the cost of medical care and the loss in income associated with reduced labor supply and productivity. We test whether access to microfinancial savings and lending institutions helps Indonesian families smooth consumption after declines in adult health. In(More)
Aimee Chin provided critical insights and excellent research assistance. I am particularly grateful to Shahid Khandker, the World Bank, and the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies for making their household-level data set accessible. The paper was completed while I was a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. The views(More)
Managers use internal competition to motivate worker e¤ort, yet I present a simple economic model suggesting that the bene…ts of competition depend critically on workers' relative abilities— large di¤erences in skill may reduce competitors' e¤orts. This paper uses panel data from professional golfers and …nds that the presence of a superstar in a rank-order(More)
—A new stylized fact in development economics is the importance of social capital in promoting economic growth. This paper examines the effect of social capital on industrialization in Indonesia. We analyze a rich set of social capital and social interaction measures, including voluntary associational activity and levels of trust and informal cooperation.(More)
  • Sylvain Chassang, Gerard Padró, Miquel Erik Snowberg, Nava Ashraf, Oriana Bandiera, Angus Deaton +31 others
  • 2010
We study the design of randomized controlled experiments when outcomes are significantly affected by experimental subjects' unobserved effort expenditure. While standard randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are internally consistent, the unobservability of effort compromises external validity. We approach trial design as a principal-agent problem and show(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether social skills deficits including unskilled, inappropriate behavior, problems reading social cues (social perception), and mood disturbances (such as depression and anxiety) could be remediated after severe traumatic brain injuries. DESIGN Randomized controlled trial comparing a social skills program with social activity(More)
The authors are deeply indebted to Larry Neal and Joseph Mason who facilitated the collection of the New Deal data used in the paper. We would also like to thank and two anonymous referees for their comments and suggestions for improving the manuscript.
Loss of a parent is one of the most traumatic events a child can face. If loss of a parent reduces investments in children, it can also have long-lasting implications. This study uses parametric and semi-nonparametric matching techniques to estimate how one human capital investment, school enrollment, is affected by a parent's recent death. We analyze data(More)