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Research BriefFirms with high-growth episodes in South Africa: Are they persistently high-growth firms?
The analysis of firm growth has been a topic of consistent economic interest as a growing body of literature has lent support to the possibility that the majority of growth and new employment creation is the result of a small sub-sector of high-growt...Firm growth High-growth firms Regression analysis
Journal ArticleAgricultural extension, intra-household allocation and malaria
Can agricultural development programs improve health-related outcomes? We exploit a spatial discontinuity in the coverage of a large-scale agricultural extensionprogram in Uganda to causally identify its effects on malaria...Administrative law Agriculture Economic development
Working PaperOn the persistence of growth for South African firms
The growth of firms has been shown to have a meaningful impact on the health of firms and the economy in general...Firm growth High-growth firms Regression analysis
BlogIncome generation and malaria in Uganda
Several large-scale efforts have been made to combat malaria in the last decade under the Millennium Development Goals, and while these have led to a rapid decline in cases, malaria continues to exact a heavy toll on sub-Saharan Africa, both in terms...Administrative law Agriculture Economic development
Working PaperEffect of girls’ secondary school stipend on completed schooling, age at marriage, and age at first birth: Evidence from Bangladesh
There are many studies on the effects of conditional cash transfer programmes on enrolment, productivity and poverty reduction but very few on causal effects on ages at marriage and first birth. And none of them considers the convergence effect...Education Regression analysis Rural development
BlogDiversity debit vs. diversity dividend: Challenging the conventional wisdom
It is widely accepted in recent work in economics and political science that ethnic diversity has a negative impact on the provision of public goods such as health and education...Education Health Public goods
Journal ArticleEthnic Heterogeneity and Public Goods Provision in Zambia: Evidence of a Subnational “Diversity Dividend”
The “diversity debit” hypothesis – that ethnic diversity has a negative impact on social, economic, and political outcomes – has been widely accepted in the literature...Education Health Public goods
Journal ArticleEvaluating multiple spatial dimensions of economic growth in Brazil using spatial panel data models
The goal of this paper is to evaluate the results of regional economic growth model estimations at multiple spatial scales using spatial panel data models...Econometric models Economic growth Panel analysis
Working PaperCommercialization in agriculture in rural Vietnam, 2006-14
The vast majority of households in rural Vietnam undertake agricultural activities and for many this is their main livelihood. Moreover, this agriculture has become increasingly commercialized over time...Agricultural credit Agriculture Aquaculture
Working PaperIncome and malaria: Evidence from an agricultural intervention in Uganda
We exploit a spatial discontinuity in the coverage of an agricultural extension program in Uganda to causally identify its effects on malaria...Administrative law Agriculture Economic development
Journal ArticleExperimental and Non-Experimental Methods in Development Economics: A Porous Dialectic
Part of Journal Special Issue Experiments in Development EconomicsEconomic development Methodology (Qualitative research) Regression analysis
Working PaperA Unified Structural Equation Modelling Approach for the Decomposition of Rank-Dependent Indicators of Socioeconomic Inequality of Health
We present a unified structural equation modelling framework for the regression-based decomposition of rank-dependent indicators of socioeconomic inequality of health and compare it with a simple ordinary least squares regression...Children Econometric models (Economic development) Equality and inequality
Working PaperEthnic Heterogeneity and Public Goods Provision in Zambia: Further Evidence of a Subnational ‘Diversity Dividend’
The hypothesis that ethnic diversity has a negative impact on public goods provision is widely accepted. Notably, most work on this issue fails to distinguish adequately between national versus subnational governance...Education Health Public goods
Working PaperSupply-Side Constraints, Capital Goods Imports, and the Quality of Sub-Saharan African Countries’ Exports
In the last decade, a large portion of capital goods imports of Sub-Saharan African countries is telecommunications equipment, and China is now the main source of equipment for 30 Sub-Saharan African countries...Capital Economic growth International trade
Working PaperFast-Food Consumption and Child Body Mass Index in China: Application of an Endogenous Switching Regression Model
The rapid economic growth experienced within the past two decades in China highly correlates with childhood overweightness. The epidemic has become an issue of grave concern...Children Econometric models (Economic development) Health
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (February 2013)
Tony Addison As the snow continues to lie deep across Helsinki, UNU-WIDER is putting the last touches to the ReCom results meeting on ‘aid and the social sectors’, which takes place at Sida in Stockholm on 13 March...Economic aspects (Industrialization) Econometric models (Economic development) Children