Rema Hanna

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Implementation ups and downs: Monitoring attendance to improve public services for the poor in India

July 14, 2017

An attendance-monitoring intervention in schools reduced absenteeism, but the impact on health care workers was limited. Rema Hanna and Vestal McIntyre of EPoD explain Professor Hanna's tested out systems that used monitoring innovations to try to improve attendance among workers in India, and the results they found.
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How to Prevent a Disaster for Children in Developing Countries

How to Prevent a Disaster for Children in Developing Countries

May 6, 2016

By Doug Gavel - Harvard Kennedy School

The disruption and harm caused by global climate change is expected to be even more pronounced in developing countries, and children in those countries could face myriad risks, but there are actions that can be taken now to reduce those risks.  A new paper authored by Rema Hanna identifies several possible policy solutions that can ameliorate the impact of climate change on the...

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Building the evidence base for developing countries: An example from the effect of pollution on infant health in Mexico

Building the evidence base for developing countries: An example from the effect of pollution on infant health in Mexico

April 16, 2016

By Eva Arceo, Rema Hanna, Paulina Oliva - VOX

Pollution levels are orders of magnitude higher in lower-income countries than in the developed world. This means that studies of the health effects of pollution based on data from the latter will not necessarily be relevant to the former. This column reports on the effect of air pollution on infant mortality in Mexico City. Significant effects are found that are much larger than found in earlier work based on US data, highlighting the potential pitfalls of extrapolating findings from high-income to developing countries.

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New Research: Potential Gains of Privatizing Rice Delivery

New Research: Potential Gains of Privatizing Rice Delivery

January 13, 2016

By Katie Gibson - Harvard Kennedy School

When governments provide public services to their citizens, the question of who should handle service delivery—the government itself, or private contractors—often arises. A new working paper co-authored by Rema Hanna, the Jeffrey Cheah Professor of South-East Asia Studies at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), examines the possible benefits of contracting out the delivery of government-subsidized rice to private citizens in Indonesia.

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Strengthening safety nets for the poor

Strengthening safety nets for the poor

January 12, 2016

By Rema Hannah and Benjamin Olken - The Jakarta Post

Anti poverty programs — “safety nets” — provide poor households with essential help, from cash support to subsidized food and insurance. In addition to the ethical rationale for these programs, rigorous research has shown that they can also improve important social outcomes: boosting education for poor kids, improving health and reducing crime. Yet these programs are the subject of passionate debates, often based more on rhetoric than reason.

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