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Seminar Series: Owen Ozier, Development Research Group, World Bank

Exploiting Externalities to Estimate the Long-term Benefits of Early Childhood Deworming
When Apr 13, 2016
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 1101 Morrill Hall
Contact Name
Contact Phone 301-405-6403
Attendees Esha Chatterjee
Jessica Goldberg
Raymond Guiteras
Pamela Jakiela
Omkar Joshi
Xiaohong Ma
Rianna Murray
Daniela Nagur
Saswathi Natta
Soo Kyung Park
Léa Pessin
Xiayun Tan
Yeats Ye
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About the Talk

This paper investigates whether a large-scale deworming intervention aimed at primary school pupils in western Kenya had long-term effects on young children in the region. The paper exploits positive externalities from the program to estimate the impact on younger children who did not receive treatment directly. Ten years after the intervention, large cognitive effects are found -- comparable to between 0.5 and 0.8 years of schooling -- for children who were less than one year old when their communities received mass deworming treatment. Because mass deworming was administered through schools, effects are estimated among children who were likely to have older siblings in schools receiving the treatment directly; in this subpopulation, effects are nearly twice as large.

About the Speaker

Owen Ozier is an economist in the Development Research Group, Human Development and Public Services Team. He received his M.Eng. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2010. His current research projects focus on health, education, and economic decisions in Kenya.

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