Antonella Bancalari is a Senior Research Economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. She is an applied microeconomist and her research sits at the intersection of Development, Public and Health Economics. She uses applied econometrics and field experiments to understand the principles underlying effective public good/service delivery in low- and middle-income countries.
PhD Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2020
MPA International Development/Economic Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2016
BSc (Honours) Economics, Universidad del Pacifico, 2012
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Sanitation gaps are a global problem that continue to affect large segments of developing Asia and the Pacific, despite the considerable progress of efforts to address it in recent decades. The COVID-19 crisis has further increased the importance of improving inclusive sanitation access and the lives of targeted users, especially across poor areas and vulnerable groups.
In this paper, I study the effect of unfinished sewerage infrastructure
on early-life mortality in Peru. I compile several sources of administrative panel data for 1,400 districts spanning 2005–2015, and I rely on the budgetary plans and timing of expenditure for 6,000 projects to measure unfinished projects and those completed in a given district.
Investment in public infrastructure is expected to be an important vehicle to attain the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Despite economic research illustrating that large infrastructure - once built and in use - brings economic development and improves living standards, millions of people are not able to enjoy these benefits. In fact, The World Bank is directing as much as 40% of its portfolio to large infrastructure development in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), who are particularly struggling to effectively provide public goods.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to fix the sanitation crisis. But our research suggests that a smart balance of microcredit, subsidies and behaviour change activities is likely to get us a good step closer.