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Ambler, Kate

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Works: 25 works in 37 publications in 1 language and 183 library holdings
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Most widely held works by Kate Ambler
Remittance responses to temporary discounts : a field experiment among Central American migrants by Kate Ambler( )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We study the impacts on remittances of offering migrants temporary discounts on remittance transaction fees. We randomly assigned migrants from El Salvador and Guatemala 10-week remittance transaction fee discounts, and assess impacts using administrative transaction data and a post-experiment survey. Temporary discounts lead to substantial increases in the number of transactions and total amount remitted during the discount period. Surprisingly, these increases persist up to 20 weeks after expiration of the discount. We find no evidence that the discounts cause migrants to shift remittances from other remittance channels, or to send remittances on behalf of other migrants. These findings are consistent with naïveté on the part of migrants regarding remittance recipients' reference-dependent preferences
Channeling remittances to education : a field experiment among migrants from El Salvador by Kate Ambler( )

6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We implement a randomized experiment offering Salvadoran migrants matching funds for educational remittances, which are channeled directly to a beneficiary student in El Salvador chosen by the migrant. The matches lead to increased educational expenditures, higher private school attendance, and lower labor supply of youths in El Salvador households connected to migrant study participants. We find substantial “crowd-in” of educational investments: for each $1 received by beneficiaries, educational expenditures increase by $3.72. We find no shifting of expenditures away from other students, and no effect on remittances
The Impacts of Cash Transfers on Women's Empowerment Learning from Pakistan's BISP Program by Kate Ambler( )

2 editions published in 2017 in Undetermined and English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Large-scale government cash transfer programs have become an important element of social protection and poverty reduction strategies throughout the developing world. Pakistan is no exception; in 2008, Pakistan established the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) as an unconditional cash transfer targeted at the poorest of the poor. The primary goal of the BISP program is to provide the poorest households in Pakistan with unconditional transfers in order to improve their consumption and investments in children. To attain this goal, it is believed important that the transfers are provided directly to women to ensure the funds are spent as intended. Beyond changes in consumption and investment, directing these transfers to women can also serve to empower women by increasing household resources under their control. We analyze the impacts of Pakistan's BISP program on women's decision-making power within households using data collected between 2011 and 2013 as the program was rolling out. Using fuzzy regression discontinuity methods to statistically identify impacts, the BISP transfer is found to have substantial, positive impacts on some variables measuring women's decision-making power and empowerment
Agriculture Support Services in Malawi Direct Effects, Complementarities, and Time Dynamics by Kate Ambler( )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Using a randomized controlled trial, we examine the impacts of cash and input transfers, and a cross-randomized program of intensive agricultural extension over two years. We find large effects on the total value of agricultural production from the transfers (both cash and inputs) in both years. Gains to production are driven by an increase in resources allocated to inputs, specifically pesticides (in the first year) and casual labor (both years). We see no direct evidence that intensive extension is more effective than lead farmer extension support after one year. However, we do find evidence of production gains attributable to intensive extension in the subsequent year, highlighting important time dynamics. In the first year, farmers experience the best outcomes when they receive both transfers and extension, though that pattern is less clear in year 2
Spousal Concordance in Joint and Separate Households Survey Evidence from Nepal by Kate Ambler( )

1 edition published in 2020 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Using data from Nepal, we analyze patterns of concordance between spouses on survey questions regarding asset ownership and decision making separately for households in which a respondent couple lives with the husband's parents and those in which they do not. We consider concordance regarding both the roles of women respondents and the roles of people other than the respondent couple. We find that discordance regarding women's roles is both substantial and systematic; women are much more likely than men to report women's participation in asset ownership and decision making, and this qualitative pattern is similar across household types. Regarding the role of others, the modal response in joint households is concordance that others own assets and make decisions. However, women are more likely than men to acknowledge this role of others. Next, we find that spousal concordance that women have a role, and wives reporting they have a role while their husbands say that they do not, are both correlated with some improved measures of well-being. In households with in-laws present, concordance that others are involved is correlated with worse outcomes for women. These results highlight that spousal concordance is not necessarily indicative of women's well-being, especially in joint households
Cash Transfers and Management Advice for Agriculture Evidence from Senegal by Kate Ambler( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This study analyzes impacts of large, one-time cash transfers and farm management plans among farmers in Senegal. Farmers were randomized into groups receiving advisory visits, the visits and an individualized farm plan, or the visits, the plan, and a cash transfer. After one year, crop production and livestock ownership were higher in the transfer group relative to the group that only received visits. Livestock gains persisted after two years. Results suggest that the plans increased crop production in year one, but there is no other evidence that the plans were effective when not accompanied by a transfer
What Is the Role of Men in Connecting Women to Cash Crop Markets? Evidence from Uganda by Kate Ambler( )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Programs that seek to increase women's participation in marketing activities related to the principal household economic activity must involve men if they are to be successful. In this paper we analyze take-up of a project that sought to increase women's involvement in sugarcane marketing and sales by encouraging the registration of a sugarcane block contract in the wife's name. We find that men who are more educated and live in households with higher wealth and expenditures are more likely to agree to the registration. Households with more cane blocks and in which the wife is already more involved in cane activities are also more likely to participate. Overall, take-up is high at 70%, and remains high even in those groups that are less likely to take-up. Additionally, we find that blocks transferred to women are not of lower quality or value than those kept by men, though they are smaller and closer to the home. These results suggest that simple encouragement can be an effective tool to nudge men to include their wives in household commercial activities
Don't tell on me experimental evidence of asymmetric information in transnational households by Kate Ambler( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Bargaining with grandma : the impact of the South African pension on household decision-making by Kate Ambler( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

What is the role of men in connecting women to cash crop markets? evidence from Uganda by Kate Ambler( )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Measuring postharvest losses at the farm level in Malawi( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Abstract : This article measures farm-level postharvest losses for maize, soya and groundnuts among 1, 200 households in Malawi. Farmers answered a detailed questionnaire designed to learn about losses during harvest and transport, processing and storage and which measures both complete losses and crop damage. The findings indicate that fewer than half of households report suffering losses conditional on growing each crop. Conditional on losses occurring, the loss averages between 5 and 12 per cent of the farmer's total harvest. Compared to nationally representative data that measure losses using a single survey question, this study documents a far greater percentage of farmers experiencing losses. We find that losses are concentrated in harvest and processing activities for groundnuts and maize; for soya, they are highest during processing. Existing interventions have primarily targeted storage activities; however, these results suggest that targeting other activities may be worthwhile
Household Labor Supply and Social Protection Evidence from Pakistan's BISP Cash Transfer Program by Kate Ambler( )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Cash transfers are a key component of social protection policy in many developing countries. Yet many policymakers are concerned that continued receipt of such transfers may have unintended consequences, such as a reduction in labor supply when household income rises. We study this question by evaluating the impact of Pakistan's Benazir Income Support Program (BISP), a cash transfer program targeted to poor, married women,on male and female labor supply. The BISP was implemented via a mechanism that relied on a poverty score cutoff to determine eligibility, allowing for the identification of causal impacts using regression discontinuity. We find no impacts on household labor supply in the aggregate. When we break up estimates by gender, we find little evidence of a change in female labor supply, strong evidence of increased male labor supply, and no evidence of changes to child labor. Hence, policy makers should not be concerned that BISP transfers negatively affect labor supply among recipients
Follow the leader? a field experiment on social influence by Kate Ambler( )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

1066 : The Year That Changed Europe Forever - Ep 1( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Measuring Postharvest Losses at the Farm Level in Malawi by Kate Ambler( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Reducing food loss and waste are important policy objectives prominently featured in the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. To optimally design interventions targeted at reducing losses, it is important to know where losses are concentrated between the farm and fork. This paper measures farm-level postharvest losses for three main crops -- maize, soy, and groundnut -- among 1,200 households in Malawi. Farmers answered a detailed questionnaire designed to learn about losses during harvest and transport, processing, and storage and which measures both total losses and reductions in crop quality. The findings indicate that fewer than half of households report suffering losses conditional on growing each crop. In addition, conditional on losses occurring, the loss averages between 5 and 12 percent of the farmer's total harvest. Compared to nationally representative data that measure losses using a single survey question, this study documents a far greater percentage of farmers experiencing losses, though the unconditional proportion lost is similar. We find that losses are concentrated in harvest and processing activities for groundnuts and maize; for soy, they are highest during processing. Existing interventions have primarily targeted storage activities; however, these results suggest that targeting other activities may be worthwhile
Cash transfers and management advice for agriculture evidence from Senegal by Kate Ambler( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Information asymmetries and remittance recipient income a field experiment in Malawi by Kate Ambler( )

1 edition published in 2020 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Lump-sum transfers for agriculture and household decision making by Kate Ambler( )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

He Says, She Says Exploring Patterns of Spousal Agreement in Bangladesh by Kate Ambler( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Participation in household decisions and control over assets are often used as indicators of bargaining power. Yet spouses do not necessarily provide the same answers to questions about these topics. We examine differences in spouses' answers to questions regarding who participates in decisions about household activities, who owns assets, and who decides to purchase assets. Disagreement is substantial and systematic, with women more likely to report joint ownership or decision making and men more likely to report sole male ownership or decision making. Analysis of correlations between agreement and women's well-being finds that agreement on joint decision making/ownership is generally positively associated with beneficial outcomes for women compared with agreement on sole male decision making/ownership. Cases of disagreement where women recognize their involvement but men do not are also positively associated with good outcomes for women, but often to a lesser extent than when men agree that women are involved
Household labor supply and social protection evidence from Pakistan's BISP Cash Transfer Program by Kate Ambler( )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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