Posts by: gonzalo.moreno@mcgill.ca

MACHEquity Partners on Food Prices, Inequality, Undernutrition

MACHEquity coinvestigators David Gordon and Shailen Nandy just published a study on how rising food prices affect inequality and consequently undernutrition in two African countries. The article examines changing food prices in Nigeria and Ethiopia, concluding that, when food price hikes happen in a context of economic inequality, they are more likely to be linked…

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New MACHEquity Publications

It has been a busy spring and beginning of summer at MACHEquity, including several new papers that use our longitudinal policy data on maternity leave and minimum wage, presentations at academic conferences and policy meetings, and the successful defence of three doctoral theses by our students. All of this work is linked in our website…

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Postdoc Farhan Majid on the in-utero consequences of Ramadan fasting

MACHEquity postdoctoral fellow Farhan Majid’s recent article in the Journal of Development Economics reveals fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan can have significantly adverse effects on children born to women that were fasting during pregnancy. Using data from Indonesia, where about three-quarters of pregnant Muslim women fast, Farhan finds that these children score more poorly…

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MACHEquity Partners Release New Study on Pensions Worldwide

Led by MACHEquity coinvestigator Jody Heymann, our partners at the WORLD Policy Forum recently published a study on the global state of pension programs. “Pension Programs Around the World: New Comparative Global Policy Data” leverage data collected between 2009 and 2011 to describe the type, financing model, eligibility, and benefit amounts of pension systems in…

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Policy Briefs Online!

The policy briefs jointly produced by MACHEquity and our partners at the WORLD Policy Forum at the University of California Los Angeles are now online! They contain the current state and the evolution of policies over the last decades, providing readers with a window into progress achieved, challenges remaining, and future priorities. The briefs, and…

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MACHEquity coinvestigators on fee removal for delivery services in West Africa

MACHEquity coinvestigators Sam Harper and Jay Kaufman have recently coauthored a paper on Social Science & Medicine on fee removal for facility-based delivery services in Ghana, Senegal and Sierra Leone. The paper, whose main author is Institute for Health and Social Policy postdoc Britt McKinnon, used Demographic and Health Surveys data to determine who benefited…

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Shailen Nandy wins CROP International Studies in Poverty Prize

MACHEquity coinvestigator Shailen Nandy has recently been announced the joint winner of the International Studies in Poverty Prize awarded by Norwegian organization Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP). This prize is awarded every year to outstanding monographs that contribute to research on global poverty eradication or prevention. Dr. Nandy’s submission, An Analysis of Changes in Child Poverty in…

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MACHEquity postdoc to present at PAA

Farhan Majid, a MACHEquity Postdoctoral Fellow based at McGill University, will attend the 2015 meeting of the Population Association of America, to present his paper War and the Destruction of Human Capital, coauthored with Jorge Agüero.  The paper examines the effect of the 1994 Rwandan genocide on the stock of human capital in the country,…

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Arnab Mukherji in BMJ Study on Health Insurance Provision for the Worst Off in India

One of MACHEquity’s coinvestigators, Professor Arnab Mukherji, contributed to a recently published study in The BMJ on the effect of government-provided health insurance for the worst-off households in Karnataka, India. The study found that the Vajpayee Arogyashree scheme, which provided free tertiary care to households under the poverty line, decreased mortality rates and out-of-pocket expenses amongst…

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