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  • Reply to: Weekly links December 19: Savings, basic incomes, skill gaps & M&Ms, and more…   6 days 10 hours ago

    Another paper on Basic Income by Swedish p

  • Reply to: Is it just a matter of teaching poor people their rights? An information campaign for India’s NREGA   1 week 2 days ago

    Hello Martin,

    I found this very useful. Are you aware of any work that has been done around how Information Campaigns coupled with Behaviour Change campaigns (Nudges if you will) can make a difference to people's participation in schemes like NREGA.


  • Reply to: Weekly links December 12: risk and entrepreneurship, changing opinions, IE in times of crisis, and more…   2 weeks 1 hour ago
    The authors do note (p6) that "

    It is important to note that fasting during Ramadan is not unconditionally obligatory. For example, those who are acutely ill, who are travelling, who are menstruating or who are pregnant can postpone the Ramadan fast. However, there is an abundance of anecdotal and survey evidence to suggest that many pregnant women do in fact decide to observe the fast, citing a number of reasons, including local tradition, cultural expectations, and familial pressure "

    I think it is more of an issue that they focus on a significant coefficient on 7 months of gestation, when the 6 and 8 month gestations (and all other months) are not significant. But I thought it was interesting enough to link to because of the use of the long-term administrative data to be able to look at the question.

  • Reply to: Weekly links December 12: risk and entrepreneurship, changing opinions, IE in times of crisis, and more…   2 weeks 1 hour ago

    Now, I don't have NBER access at present so maybe there's somthing in the full paper that explains this - but I'm baffled by the premise of the Ramadan fasting article. Are they really assuming that being in utero during Ramadan is a perfect proxy for maternal nutritional disruption in that period, when pregnant/nursing/menstruating women are explicitly excluded from the religious duty to fast?

    Now, I'm sure some pregnant women do maintain their fast, out of habit, ignorance of their pregnancy, family pressure, or another reason - but I don't know how common this is, in general or in Denmark. Is this something the authors address at all in the paper? Because that simple fact jumped out at me and made me question their whole approach...

  • Reply to: Ending Stigma: Lessons from the AIDS Epidemic -- Guest post by Laura Derksen   3 weeks 1 day ago

    Thanks! It does usually take a few weeks or months to start ART after testing positive, and that's actually the reason I don't use take-up as a short-run outcome. I don't think this is inconsistent with my stigma story. The idea is that some people would really like to get tested and treated for their own benefit, but don't do it because if they are seen getting tested -- or even worse, treated -- they will be permanently blacklisted in the marriage/dating market. If people see this attitude starting to change (the survey suggests that it did), testing might increase pretty quickly, even if the dates come later. I'm really curious about what will happen over the longer run. Let me know if I've misunderstood your comment!