Speaker: Owen Ozier is an economist in the Development Research Group, Human Development and Public Services Team. He received his M.Eng. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2010. His current research projects focus on health, education, and economic decisions in Kenya. More »
Abstract: This paper investigates whether a school-based deworming intervention in Kenya had long-term effects on young children in the region. It exploits positive externalities from the program to estimate impacts on younger children who were not directly treated. Ten years after the intervention, it finds large cognitive effects—comparable to between 0.5 and 0.8 years of schooling—for children who were less than one year old when their communities received mass deworming treatment. Because treatment was administered through schools, it also estimates effects among children whose older siblings received the treatment directly; in this subpopulation, effects are nearly twice as large.
Last Updated: May 27, 2015