World Bank Research Digest


Volume 13, No. 1, Fall 2018

This issue of the Research Digest focuses on Health and Nutrition.

List of articles in this issue:

  1. The Critical Role of Health and Nutrition in Supporting Development.
  2. The Income Losses from Childhood Stunting—and the Returns to Nutrition Programs Aimed at Reducing ItNew estimates show that childhood stunting, through its effects on today’s workforce, lowers per capita income in developing countries by an average of 7 percent.
    Emanuela Galasso and Adam Wagstaff
  3. Measuring Physical Activity to Investigate the Link between Health and ProductivityTreating Nigerian sugarcane cutters for malaria leads to a shift from sedentary to physically active time of about 90 minutes per workday.
    Oladele Akogun, Andrew Dillon, Jed Friedman, Ashesh Prasann, and Pieter Serneels
  4. Bed Nets and Politics in TanzaniaTanzania’s distribution of bed nets, though designed to fight malaria, also led to a short-term boost in the popularity of local politicians.
    Kevin Croke
  5. Investigating the Joint Effects of Parenting and Nutrition on Child Development. A study in rural Cambodia looks at the extent to which parenting can offset the adverse effects of poverty on children’s development.
    Jan Berkes, Abbie Raikes, Adrien Bouguen, and Deon Filmer
  6. How Do Targeted Cash Transfers Affect Nutrition among Nonbeneficiary Children? By raising local food prices, targeted cash transfer programs can worsen nutrition outcomes among children in nonbeneficiary households.
    Deon Filmer, Jed Friedman, Eeshani Kandpal, and Junko Onishi
  7. Cities, Slums, and Child Nutrition in BangladeshChildren’s nutrition status is particularly poor in Bangladesh’s urban slums. Household wealth and the mother’s educational attainment are both important factors
    Dhushyanth Raju, Kyoung Yang Kim, Quynh Thu Nguyen, and Ramesh Govindaraj
  8. The Dynamics of Child Development in a Very Low-Income CountryAmong a cohort of children in Madagascar, wealth gaps in cognitive outcomes translate into similar gaps in later learning outcomes.
    Emanuela Galasso, Ann Weber, and Lia C. H. Fernald
  9. Can Offering People Gifts Increase Their Use of Health Services? A study in Rwanda shows that women are more likely to seek timely pre- and postnatal care if they expect to receive gifts for doing so.
    Gil Shapira, Ina Kalisa, Jeanine Condo, James Humuza, Cathy Mugeni, and Jeanette Walldorf
  10. Looking into the Black Box of Performance-Based FinancingPerformance-based financing led to positive results in Cameroon’s health system. But was linking payments to performance the critical factor?
    Damien de Walque, Paul Jacob Robyn, Hamadou Saidou, Gaston Sorgho, and Maria Steenlan
  11. The Importance of Good Roads in Access to Health CareBetter roads would improve access to health care in rural Madagascar—by helping both patients and medicines reach health facilities.
    Atsushi Iimi and Voahirana Hanitriniala Rajoela.
  12. Recent World Bank Research Publications on Health and Nutrition.



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