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Britta Augsburg

Britta Augsburg

Associate Director

Education

PhD Social Protection Policy, University of Maastricht, 2008
Masters in Econometrics (Doctorandus in Econometrie), University of Maastricht, 2002
Propedeuse in Econometrics, University of Maastricht, 2000

Britta Augsburg is Associate Director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. She is an applied development economist, with a particular interest in environmental influences on child (health) outcomes, how they interact with other inputs - such as nutrition and stimulation -, and how policy can be used to target improvements in a child’s environment. She has 15 years’ experience in design and implementation of complex evaluations in LMIC’s, including India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Mongolia. Recent studies have focused on understanding both demand and supply constraints for poor households to improve their sanitation environment.

Journal articles

Journal article | Pediatrics
Poor early childhood development in low- and middle-income countries is a major public health problem. Efficacy trials have shown the potential of early childhood development interventions but scaling up is costly and challenging. Guidance on effective interventions’ delivery is needed. In an ...
Journal article | Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development
The case for investment in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) has been convincingly made. WASH is essential for protecting public health, is a human right and investing in it is compelling from a fiscal and economic point of view. While the estimated $114 billion per year of capital investments ...

Working papers

IFS Working Paper W21/46
We implement a mixed method approach that combines a randomized controlled trial and qualitative data collection to assess whether, and if so how, behavioural change can be sustained.
IFS Working Paper W21/45
We exploit novel data collected within a randomised controlled trial of a sanitation microcredit intervention to study how intra-household gender differences in perceptions of costs and benefits of sanitation impact investment decisions.

Presentations

Presentation
This webinar, co-organised by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources (FMWR), Covenant University (Nigeria), The World Bank, Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL, UK), and IFS, aimed to provide a platform for a deep dive on relevant evidence and lessons learnt from Nigeria and elsewhere to ...
Presentation
Beyond development aid: Sanitation financing & revenue models in reuse (human) waste
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IFS Working Paper W21/46
Britta Augsburg, Antonella Bancalari, Zara Durrani, Madhav Vaidyanathan and Zach White
We implement a mixed method approach that combines a randomized controlled trial and qualitative data collection to assess whether, and if so how, behavioural change can be sustained.
IFS Working Paper W21/44
Britta Augsburg, Juan P. Baquero, Sanghmitra Gautam and Paul Rodríguez-Lesmes
We analyse the marriage decisions of men and women in rural India, focusing on the added attractiveness of sanitation within the marital living arrangement.
IFS Working Paper W21/45
We exploit novel data collected within a randomised controlled trial of a sanitation microcredit intervention to study how intra-household gender differences in perceptions of costs and benefits of sanitation impact investment decisions.
IFS Working Paper W21/27
Alex Armand, Britta Augsburg, Antonella Bancalari and Kalyan Kumar Kameshwara
Widespread misconceptions can be critical, especially in times of crisis. Through a field experiment, we study how to address such wrong or inaccurate beliefs using messages delivered to individual citizens using mobile phones. We focus on misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic in a ...
IFS Working Paper W21/16
Poorly maintained public infrastructure is common in low- and middle-income countries, with consequences for service delivery and public health.
IFS Working Paper W21/09
We draw on a cluster randomized controlled trial in rural India to provide the first evidence that labelled microcredit is effective in increasing take-up of a lumpy human capital investment, a safe toilet.
Presentation
This webinar, co-organised by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources (FMWR), Covenant University (Nigeria), The World Bank, Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL, UK), and IFS, aimed to provide a platform for a deep dive on relevant evidence and lessons learnt from Nigeria and elsewhere to ...
Journal article | Pediatrics
Akanksha Adya, Orazio Attanasio, Britta Augsburg, Jere Behrman, Bet Caeyers, Monimalika Day, Sally Grantham-McGregor, Pamela Jervis, Reema Kockar, Prerna Makkar, Costas Meghir, Angus Phimister, Marta Rubio Codina and Karishma Vats
Poor early childhood development in low- and middle-income countries is a major public health problem. Efficacy trials have shown the potential of early childhood development interventions but scaling up is costly and challenging. Guidance on effective interventions’ delivery is needed. In an ...
Journal article | Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development
Britta Augsburg and Tristano Sainati
The case for investment in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) has been convincingly made. WASH is essential for protecting public health, is a human right and investing in it is compelling from a fiscal and economic point of view. While the estimated $114 billion per year of capital investments ...
Journal article | Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development
Britta Augsburg and Paul Rodríguez-Lesmes
This paper uses primary micro-data from Indian households residing in rural villages and poor urban neighbourhoods to shed light on household sanitation decision-making. We use a theoretical economic model to reduce the dimensionality and complexity of this process. Beyond the most commonly ...