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International development

The IFS conducts research on the impact of a range of specific interventions related to early child development, health, nutrition, skill acquisition and education, sanitation, credit and insurance, anti-poverty transfers, labour markets, consumption, and tax and benefits reforms in developing countries.

This work is strongly grounded in economic theory and enriched by the development and use of innovative measurement tools and by collaboration with researchers from other disciplines. The IFS also provides support to institutions conducting evaluations and engages in advocacy on best practice in evaluations and on the design of interventions themselves.


Selected highlights

Journal article | American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
We evaluate the long-term impacts of a randomized Colombian training and job placement program.
Journal article | British Medical Journal
The objective of this paper is to assess the effectiveness of an integrated early child development intervention, combining stimulation and micronutrient supplementation and delivered on a large scale in Colombia, for children’s development, growth, and hemoglobin levels.
Journal article | Journal of Development Economics
This paper studies the effects of a randomized intervention in rural Malawi that provided mothers of young infants with information on child nutrition. The intervention improved child nutrition, household food consumption and consequently health. We find evidence that labor supply also increased.


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Sonya Krutikova
Associate Director
Yani Tyskerud
Assistant Director
Britta Augsburg
Associate Director