Long-Run Outcomes of Childhood Health Interventions in Kenya
To what extent do childhood health gains translate to improved living standards and economic productivity in adulthood? Miguel and co-authors have examined the impact of a child health program on adult living standards by following up on participants in a school-based deworming program in Kenya that began in 1998. The original study’s findings showed that the deworming treatment group, which received two to three additional years of deworming, showed significant improvements in years enrolled in school, self-reported health, test scores, wage earnings, and a 12% increase in hours worked a decade after treatment. Ongoing research based on a 15-year follow-up survey indicates that these labor market gains are sustained, and that treatment group individuals are more likely to migrate to urban areas. The research has influenced public policy globally, with multiple NGOs & government bodies expanding mass deworming programs. A 20-year follow-up survey of participants is currently in progress.
Collaborating with East African Scholars to Generate Rigorous Evidence for Policymaking
As the co-founder of the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), Prof. Miguel was instrumental in the creation of the East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Collaborative in 2012. This innovative program funds talented East African social science and health researchers to come to Berkeley for a sabbatical semester to receive training in cutting-edge impact evaluation methods, develop their own ongoing research ideas and receive valuable feedback from mentors. EASST also funds grants for returned scholars to conduct their research, hold impact evaluation trainings at African institutions, and collaborate with policymakers in the region. This year, EASST has been awarded over $2 million in funding to continue training researchers over the coming years, with a particular focus on global health policy challenges, such as implementation science and infectious disease.