Commentary & Opinion
Economists Helping to Deliver Reliable Data About What Development Aid Works
May 19, 2011
"[F]inally, we're getting some reliable data suggesting how to" help people in developing countries because of economists, who "provide answers that are rigorously field-tested, akin to the way drugs are tested in randomized controlled trials, yielding results that are particularly credible and persuasive," Nicholas Kristof writes in his New York Times column.
Kristof gives two examples of programs that produced measurable results: deworming African children "resulted in 25 percent less absenteeism" in school and warning Kenyan teenager girls against having sex with older men helped protect them from HIV (5/18).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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