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Students at the Goldman School of Public Policy produce policy analyses of the highest quality. Examples of recent work by IPPG members:

Students at the Goldman School of Public Policy produce policy analyses of the highest quality. Examples of recent work by IPPG members:

Jason Burwen
Jason designed and carried out a randomized-control field trial to measure the environmental and health impacts of an improved cookstove program in rural communities in northern Ghana. Besides producing a preliminary analysis quantifying the fuelwood efficiency and potential carbon credit revenue of such a program, this report also covers the wider economic, environmental, and social context of fuelwood use in northern Ghana, concluding that land use and sales of fuelwood may neutralize any measured stove efficiencies.

Christie Chien, MPP 2009

I traveled back to Taiwan for 10 days in March to interview officials of the Bureau of National Health Insurance (BNHI), experts in public health, hospital managers and staff who work in drug companies. My goal was to better understand the problem of the “drug price black hole,” which is defined as the difference between the actual drug costs in hospitals and the reimbursement they can get from BNHI. It was very interesting to discover different views from different people, especially those with conflicting interests.

Carson Christiano , MPP 2009
Through interviews with small business owners, business associations, provincial officials and NGO’s working on local investment climate projects, I explored the role of business associations and informal networks in promoting private sector development in Cambodia. Of course, nothing went as planned. I abandoned my interview guides, and I strove to embrace the heat and uncertainty. Between dusty tuk-tuk rides and fra-
grant bowls of fish curry, I explored the nuances of association-building in a nation still reeling from a traumatic history. It’s incredible what you find when you get up close.

Mariko Katsura, MPP 2009

I interviewed impoverished rural youth and their families to evaluate the impact of vocational education in Andhra Pradesh, in southern India. My goal was to collect data, and to better understand employment and vocational education programs. The programs were run both by the government and the private sector and were designed to provide vocational training and link rural youth to more permanent employment. Traveling from one village to another, I heard Telugu, Hindi and Tamil, with accents and idioms changing every 40 km or so.

Veronica Guzman, MPP 2009
I spent the month of March in Johannesburg working with loveLife, the leading NGO in South Africa committed to HIV/AIDS prevention and youth development. In May 2008, loveLife started goGogetters, a network of grandmothers who support orphans and vulnerable children. I spent my days analyzing nation-wide survey data in SPSS, conducting interviews, and talking to grandmothers during focus groups. My APA entails providing recommendations to enhance the goGogetters Program, as well as addressing the policy implications regarding mentoring as a social policy for orphans and vulnerable children. It was an incredibly enriching experience.

Emergency Transport in Rural Uganda: A Sustainability Plan for Bodas for Life
Amanda Oudin worked for the government of Uganda though the Blum Center for Developing Economies to create a sustainability plan for Bodas for Life, a program providing low-cost transportation to and from rural Ugandan health clinics.

An Assessment of the Post-Reform Competitive Performance of State-Owned Enterprises in India
Pavithra Surinarayan the performance of state-owned companies in India in the post-liberalization period. She compared the financial performance of state-owned companies to private sector companies in the same industry and analyzed the impact of successive government policies on the performance of the state-owned sector. The study was part of a report prepared by the World Bank for the Department of Public Enterprises, India.

Emergency Transport in Rural Uganda: A Sustainability Plan for Bodas for Life
Amanda Oudin worked for the government of Uganda though the Blum Center for Developing Economies to create a sustainability plan for Bodas for Life, a program providing low-cost transportation to and from rural Ugandan health clinics.

An Assessment of the Post-Reform Competitive Performance of State-Owned Enterprises in India
Pavithra Surinarayan the performance of state-owned companies in India in the post-liberalization period. She compared the financial performance of state-owned companies to private sector companies in the same industry and analyzed the impact of successive government policies on the performance of the state-owned sector. The study was part of a report prepared by the World Bank for the Department of Public Enterprises, India.

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