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Title:
Debt reduction For Live: The impact of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative on Child Mortality
Study is 3ie funded:
No
Study ID:
RIDIE-STUDY-ID-5239abac87ec6
Initial Registration Date:
09/18/2013
Last Update Date:
09/18/2013
Study Status:
Ongoing
Location(s):
Benin
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Congo - Kinshasa
Congo - Kinshasa
Ethiopia
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea-bissau
Liberia
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mozambique
Niger
Rwanda
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Tanzania
Togo
Uganda
Zambia
Abstract:
The study aims to evaluate the impact of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative on infant mortality and child Mortality in Africa. One of the goals of HIPC initiative was to increase the poverty reducing expenditure through debt relief, and thus to impact on health outcomes. I propose to exploit the variability of participation in HIPC across time and space to identify the causal effect of HIPC initiative on child mortality in Africa from 1996 to 2011 using a difference-in-difference approach. My sample consists of 48 Sub-Saharan African countries.
Categories:
Health, Nutrition, and Population
Additional Keywords:
Debt reduction, infant mortality, child mortality, difference-in-difference, Africa
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Principal Investigator(s)

Name of First PI:
Eric Djimeu
Affiliation:
International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)
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Study Sponsor

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Not applicable
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Intervention

Intervention Overview

Intervention:
In September 1996, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank launched the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative with the aim of bringing poor countries’ debt burden to a sustainable level and thereby eliminating “debt overhang”, where a high debt burden becomes source of slow economic growth, persistent poverty and weak social policies. In 1999, the IMF and the World Bank transformed the HIPC initiative into the enhanced HIPC Initiative. The enhanced HIPC initiative provides broader, deeper and faster debt relief and strengthens the links between debt relief, poverty reduction, and social policies.
Theory of Change:
Multiple Treatment Arms Evaluated?
No

Implementing Agency

Name of Organization:
World Bank, IMF, African Development Bank
Type of Organization:
Foreign or Multilateral Aid Agency

Program Funder

Name of Organization:
World Bank, IMF, African Development Bank
Type of Organization:
Foreign or Multilateral Aid Agency

Intervention Timing

Intervention or Program Started at time of Registration?
Yes
Start Date:
09/16/1996
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Evaluation Method

Evaluation Method Overview

Primary (or First) Evaluation Method:
Difference in difference/fixed effects
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Method Details

Details of Evaluation Approach:
Assuming that the parallel trend of outcomes between the HIPC initiative countries and non-HIPC initiative countries are constant over time without the intervention, the difference-in-difference method will provide an estimation of a causal impact of HIPC initiative on infant mortality and child mortality.
Outcomes (Endpoints):
Infant mortality: is the number of infants dying before reaching one year of age, per 1,000 live births in a given year. child mortality: is the probability per 1,000 that a newborn baby will die before reaching age five, if subject to current age-specific mortality rates
Unit of Analysis:
Country level data provided by the World Bank
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Unit of Intervention or Assignment:
Country
Number of Clusters in Sample:
Number of Individuals in Sample:
48
Size of Treatment, Control, or Comparison Subsamples:
48 countries time 15 years (1996-2011)

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Data

Outcomes Data

Description:
Outcomes is provided by World Development Indicators (World Bank)
Data Already Collected?
Yes
Data Previously Used?
Yes
Data Access:
Not restricted - access with no requirements or minimal requirements (e.g. web registration)
Data Obtained by the Study Researchers?
Yes
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Treatment Assignment Data

Participation or Assignment Information:
No
Description:
Administrative data from HIPC initiative (World Bank, IMF, African Development Bank)
Data Obtained by the Study Researchers?
Yes
Data Previously Used?
Yes
Data Access:
Not restricted - access with no requirements or minimal requirements (e.g. web registration)
Data Obtained by the Study Researchers?
Yes
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Data Analysis

Data Analysis Status:
No

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Registration Category

Registration Category:
Prospective, Category 3: Data for measuring impacts have been obtained/collected by the research team but analysis for this evaluation has not started
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