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Revisiting the effect of food aid on conflict : a methodological caution (English)

A popular identification strategy in non-experimental panel data uses instrumental variables constructed by interacting exogenous but potentially spurious time series or spatial variables with endogenous exposure variables to generate identifying variation through assumptions like those of differences-in-differences estimators. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8171 AUG 23, 2017

Christian,Paul J.; Barrett,Christopher B. Disclosed

On the structural transformation of rural Africa (English)

From 2000 to 2014, per capita gross domestic product in Sub-Saharan Africa increased by almost 35 percent in real terms, doubling in some countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7938 JAN 10, 2017

Barrett,Christopher B.; Christiaensen,Luc; Sheahan,Megan Britney; Shimeles,Abebe Disclosed

Preferential resource spending under an employment guarantee : the political economy of MGNREGS in Andhra Pradesh (English)

Are ostensibly demand-driven public works programs with high levels of safeguards nonetheless susceptible to political influence? This conjecture is investigated using expenditure data at the local level from India's National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7818 SEP 12, 2016

Sheahan,Megan Britney; Liu,Yanyan; Barrett,Christopher B.; Narayanan,Sudha Disclosed

Agricultural factor markets in Sub-Saharan Africa : an updated view with formal tests for market failure (English)

This paper uses the recently collected Living Standard Measurement Study-Integrated Surveys on Agriculture Initiative data sets from five countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to provide a comprehensive overview of land and labor market participation by agrarian households and to formally test for failures in factor markets. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7117 NOV 01, 2014

Dillon, Brian; Barrett, Christopher B. Disclosed

Understanding the agricultural input landscape in Sub-Saharan Africa : recent plot, household, and community-level evidence (English)

Conventional wisdom holds that Sub-Saharan African farmers use few modern inputs despite the fact that most growth-inducing and poverty-reducing agricultural growth in the region is expected to come largely from expanded use of inputs that embody improved technologies, particularly improved seed, fertilizers and other agro-chemicals, machinery, and irrigation. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7014 AUG 01, 2014

Sheahan, Megan; Barrett, Christopher B. Disclosed

Community-based risk management arrangements : an overview and implications for social fund programs (English)

Risk and its consequences pose a formidable threat to poverty reduction efforts. This study reviews a plethora of community-based risk management arrangements across the developing world. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 46333 OCT 01, 2008

Bhattamishra, Ruchira; Barrett, Christopher B. Disclosed

Poverty traps and social protection (English)

This paper demonstrates that there are potentially large returns to having a social protection policy that stakes out a productive safety net below the vulnerable and keeps them from slipping into a poverty trap. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 42752 FEB 01, 2008

Barrett , Christopher B ; Carter , Michael R ; Ikegami , Munenobu Disclosed

The CGIAR at 31 : an independent meta-evaluation of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research - natural resources management research in CGIAR - a meta-evaluation (English)

Over the past decade, natural resources management (NRM) has come to occupy an increasingly prominent position within the research portfolio of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ... See More +

Working Paper 27799 JUN 27, 2003

Barrett, Christopher B. Disclosed