Work and Iron Status Evaluation
This project seeks to understand how changes in the health of an individual affects the economic and social prosperity of the individual, family and community. The study involves providing iron supplements to a sample of participants in Central Java Indonesia and following those respondents for three years. They are compared with a control group who do not receive the supplement.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Work and Iron Status Evaluation (WISE)|
|Study Start Date:||January 2002|
|Study Completion Date:||July 2007|
|Primary Completion Date:||July 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
The goal of the study is to pin down the causal effect of improvements in health on the economic and social prosperity of individuals and their families. Particular attention will be paid to the dynamics underlying the effect of health on labor outcomes; older adults are more likely to experience transitions in health and economic status and so will be emphasized.
Beginning in 2002, about 4,000 households will be interviewed every four months for about 3 years. The first two waves of the survey will serve as baselines. After the second wave, households will be randomly assigned to one of two groups. Iron supplements will be provided to all members of households assigned to one of those groups. Household members in the 2nd group will receive an identical-looking placebo. Participants will take the supplements (or placebo) on a weekly basis for a year. The study will measure the effect of supplementation on the well-being of individuals and their families.
Data will be collected at the individual, household and community level. Individual level data will cover time allocation including work and participation in community activities, earnings, self-reported and physical health and cognition. All adult household members will be interviewed; questions about children will be answered by a caretaker. Data on wealth and consumption will be collected at the household level. Community resources, services and infrastructure information will be gathered along with detailed price data.
|Purworejo District, Central Java, Indonesia|
|Principal Investigator:||Duncan Thomas||Department of Economics, UCLA|