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Friday links July 20: Deworming debunked? Commitment savings, job and funding links, etc…

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·         Has deworming been way overstated as a development intervention? Givewell summarizes a new Cochrane Review on its effectiveness…”The new Cochrane review finds that there is little evidence from studies of mass deworming programs to show that they improve nutrition, cognitive performance, or school outcomes….Two studies in one location in Kenya with extremely high worm prevalence found that a single deworming treatment caused weight gain, but seven more studies in different areas found no effect, and larger studies with multiple doses were even more inconclusive”.

UPDATED: Miguel, Kremer and colleagues respond here, while more discussion is on

·         Xavi Gine blogs on his work on commitment savings for farmers at the All about Finance blog.

·         Using random number generators in Stata – from the Stata blog.

·         Job opening: The World Bank's Development Impact Evaluation Initiative is looking for a senior health economist to lead a program of IEs in health. The program comprises 4 impact MNCH evaluations in Nigeria, the position is based at the World Bank HQ in Washington D.C.. See job posting here.

·         The Youth Employment Network (YEN) is inviting applications for technical and financial support in the development of impact evaluations of youth entrepreneurship programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. More information on the Fund and this call are available in the information note and the FAQ. Deadline is August 15.

·         3ie has a call for systematic reviews on a range of questions related to business development, agriculture, infrastructure and fragile states.

As always, follow me (@dmckenzie001) on twitter to get more links, such as this week:

·         RCT evidence that youth crime prevention program in Chicago has large positive effects.

·         A couple of brochures to parents leads to a semester more of STEM studies.


David McKenzie

Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank

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