Running a Randomized Control Trial in a Real Health System

This week’s blog features a project update written by BERI grantee Anne Karing and research assistant Arthur Baker. Karing is a PhD candidate in the Department of Economics at UC-Berkeley. Together with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone and CEGA’s Behavioral Economics for Reproductive health Initiative, IPA Sierra Leone has launched a new randomized control […]

New Study: how expanded emergency services impacts Maternal and Newborn Health

The WHO has identified increased access to skilled birth attendants and comprehensive emergency obstetric care as key facilitators in achieving the infant and maternal health Sustainable Development Goals, but many women in developing countries lack access of quality emergency services. CEGA affiliate Grant Miller (Stanford) has recently co-authored a paper in Health Affairs evaluating the […]

FP2020 Midterm Report

For various reasons (due to market and/or social/behavioral barriers), many women and girls in developing countries do not utilize modern contraceptives, despite their intention to delay or prevent pregnancy. Recent estimates put the number of women and girls in developing countries with an unmet need for modern contraceptives at 225 million1. One of the Family […]

BE in global health conference round-up

“How can we use behavioral insights to nudge individuals into better health decision making?” This is one of the fundamental questions that inspired the third annual Conference on Behavioral Economics (BE) in Global Health at UC Berkeley, organized by the Behavioral Economics in Reproductive Health Initiative (BERI) at the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA).The […]

Institutions, female empowerment, and Reproductive Outcomes

There is an interesting article of on about the important role a civil registration and vital statistics system can play to enhance female empowerment in developing countries. The article provides a powerful anecdote about a Kenyan woman, Blessing, who was able to protect herself and her daughters’ legal rights after her husband died, by […]

Infant Simulators and Behavioral Economics

A recent study published in the Lancet has received a lot of media attention over the last two weeks. The study represents the first randomized control trial (RCT) assessing an infant simulator program (life-like robotic baby) on longer term teenage pregnancy outcomes. The program evaluated was the Virtual Infant Parent (VIP) Programme in Western Australia. […]

Unmet Adolescent Need for Contraception: BE Framework

A [Very] Late Follow Up to International Youth Day August 12th was International Youth Day. Many in the development community celebrated this day, by spotlighting the role the youth will play in meeting the U.N . Sustainable Development Goals. One article on particularly stuck with me. The article presents the findings of a Guttmacher […]