Discover the latest research from Faculty Affiliates and Visiting Professors of the King Center.
Surprising insights from a global study on perceptions of gender norms
King Center Faculty Affiliate Alessandra Voena finds a rift between what people believe and what they think others believe about certain policies meant to empower women.
May 22, 2023
Study finds trash, household crowding increase risk for three dangerous, mosquito-borne illnesses in Kenya
With the risk of mosquito-borne disease expected to grow with climate change, a new study by Stanford researchers on the factors that put communities at risk for these illnesses.
April 03, 2023
Tackling the problem of pharmaceutical adherence
King Center Faculty Affiliate and Stanford Graduate School of Business Professor Claudia Allende Santa Cruz is studying health behaviors in Chile.
February 13, 2023
Highlighting the experience of migrant domestic workers in the Arab Gulf region
Professor Lisa Blaydes examines the treatment of migrant domestic workers in Arab Gulf states as part of the King Center’s initiative on gender-based violence.
January 23, 2023
Faculty Voices - Katherine Casey, Associate Professor of Political Economy
"I came to this realization that nothing was going to work in economic development if the government wasn’t functioning."
December 02, 2022
Stanford research ushers in a ‘new frontier’ in tackling global poverty
In the first real-world test of a tool pioneered at Stanford to better evaluate anti-poverty policies, a new study shows the economic benefits of expanding electricity access.
November 16, 2022
Faculty Voices - Hayagreeva Rao, The Atholl McBean Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources
"To me, discovering curiosity and generosity — that’s at the heart of scholarship."
November 09, 2022
Investigation into the ‘dirty list’ of slave labor in Brazil focus of prize-winning thesis
Members of the Stanford Human Trafficking Data Lab work to uncover ways in which politically connected predators of human trafficking often avoid punishment.
June 09, 2022
Q&A with Augustin Tapsoba, assistant professor at the Toulouse School of Economics
Tapsoba, a King Center Visiting Professor, talks about factors that affect household living standards in sub-Saharan Africa.
May 18, 2022
Belinda Archibong on the historical roots of inequality in sub-Saharan Africa
Historical disparities can affect access to public services today, research by King Center Visiting Professor Belinda Archibong shows.
March 18, 2022
Stanford pediatric arbovirologist Desiree LaBeaud’s quest to eradicate mosquito-borne diseases led to an unlikely culprit: plastic trash
In 2021, Faculty Affiliate Desiree LaBeaud and her colleagues launched the nonprofit organization HERI-Kenya to reduce the spread of mosquito-borne diseases in Kenya.
February 11, 2022
Putting machine learning to work for development
A team of researchers have created a machine-learning tool to encourage the development of new ways to measure progress on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
November 08, 2021
Harnessing digital technologies to advance global precision health and development
A panel of experts discussed technology's vast potential to promote public health and its many challenges
July 16, 2021
Investigating the dual nature of disability
Alfredo J. Artiles has long studied what he calls “the dual nature of disability."
March 24, 2021
Satellites enhance sustainable development inquiries
A new paper in Science by King Center researchers documents progress in using satellite imagery and machine learning techniques to study development trends.
March 18, 2021
Melding artificial intelligence and algorithms with health care and policy to combat human trafficking
The Stanford Human Trafficking Data Lab conducts critical research using promising innovations in modern data science.
February 24, 2021
New study shows pandemic’s toll on jobs, businesses, and food security in developing countries
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic caused a sharp decline in living standards and rising food insecurity in developing countries across the globe.
February 05, 2021
Stanford researchers and others reveal pervasive health threats of unregulated battery recycling
A remediation and public education effort at an abandoned battery recycling facility in Bangladesh eliminated most lead soil contamination.
January 14, 2021
Quest for security and empowerment
The King Center’s David Lobell and Soledad Artiz Prillaman focus their research on food security and political representation in India.
July 22, 2020
Center affiliates help launch Stanford Human Trafficking Data Lab
A new multidisciplinary initiative convenes researchers across Stanford's campus and in Brazil to secure localized, high-quality data to fight human trafficking.
July 08, 2020
Harnessing satellite imagery and AI to help fight poverty in Africa
Stanford researchers involved with the Data for Development initiative harness satellite imagery and AI to help fight poverty in Africa.
May 22, 2020
William Tarpeh on recycling human waste for profit and global health
As a scientist bent on addressing the global sanitation crisis, Faculty Affiliate William Tarpeh is not fazed by urine or excrement.
May 06, 2020
Soledad Artiz Prillaman on helping women discover community—and their political voice
Faculty Affiliate Soledad Artiz Prillaman focuses her research on women’s participation in local politics.
March 05, 2020
Saad Gulzar on the role of local elections in overcoming poverty in the developing world
Political scientist and Faculty Affiliate Saad Gulzar dives into his background and research in Pakistan.
February 03, 2020
Pete Klenow on India's surmountable development challenges
Stanford economist and Faculty Affiliate Pete Klenow uses microdata from firms to understand the underlying mechanisms behind economic growth in economies.
January 16, 2020
How Seema Jayachandran generates new insights utilizing randomized controlled trials
Seema Jayachandran, the Noosheen Hashemi Visiting Professor at the King Center, discusses how she utilizes randomized controlled trials to identify the root causes of poverty.
December 17, 2019
Stanford researchers find lead in turmeric
Some spice processors in Bangladesh use an industrial lead chromate pigment to imbue turmeric with a bright yellow color prized for curries and other traditional dishes.
September 24, 2019
Stanford economist consults with Chinese government on CO2 emissions reduction
Faculty Affiliate Lawrence Goulder is collaborating with researchers in China, who aim to implement a new emissions trading system meant to drastically reduce carbon dioxide.
August 13, 2019
Jennifer Pan on authoritarian government censorship, propaganda, and Big Data
Faculty Affiliate Jennifer Pan speaks about her career and new, data-driven methods for tracking social media to identify nascent political movements happening offline.
July 19, 2019
U.S. policy to restrict abortion funding results in more abortions
Director Grant Miller and his fellow researchers find that a policy enacted by American presidents opposing abortion results in less funding for family planning and birth control.
June 27, 2019
Robot Inc.: Study shines new light on China’s manufacturing makeover
Rising labor costs, an aging population and government policies are reshaping Chinese manufacturing. Hongbin Li is on a singular mission to understand how that’s happening.
May 29, 2019
Socialization training is a key factor in retaining first-time women workers
Faculty Affiliate Aruna Ranganathan finds that the retention of first time women workers in textile factories in India is higher if the women receive training.
May 22, 2019
Solomon Hsiang on the economic impacts of global climate change
Solomon Hsiang, the Noosheen Hashemi Visiting Scholar at the King Center, combines data with mathematical models to understand the economic effects of climate change.
January 22, 2019
Study shows high cost and low benefit to border wall for US workers
Faculty Affiliate Melanie Morten found that the policies that led to a partial wall between the U.S. and Mexico had a negative economic effect.
November 15, 2018
Q&A with political scientist and faculty affiliate Saad Gulzar
Saad Gulzar, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Faculty Affiliate, shares more about his background and research agenda.
November 02, 2018
Improving access to safe sanitation for the world’s urban poor, one container-based toilet at a time
A team led by Faculty Affiliate Jenna Davis created a container-based toilet that is being adopted in various countries where the urban poor lack access to safe sanitation.
May 01, 2018
A groundbreaking survey examines the challenges facing the Chinese manufacturing sector and its workers
The large-scale China Employer-Employee Survey (CEES) gathers high quality, in-depth data on firms and workers in China
April 11, 2018
Students in a new Stanford course use machine learning technology to provide new insights on key development challenges
The new Stanford course Data for Sustainable Development introduces students to new methods of using machine learning and satellite technology.
February 28, 2018
Management intervention has lasting impact on firm performance
After nearly a decade, Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom returns to find that a previous management intervention has had long-term impact on performance in trial textile firms.
February 12, 2018
Scaling up an evidence-based HIV curriculum
Pascaline Dupas’ lesson plan for teaching Kenyan teenagers about HIV infection risks in cross-generational relationships has been scaled up in hundreds of schools.
September 15, 2017
Alleviating poverty in Africa and Indonesia through sustainable palm oil production
Helping guide transformation of the global palm oil sector by developing strategies to sustain industry growth.
September 05, 2017
Partnering with the government of Tamil Nadu to tackle anemia
Grant Miller and colleagues want to end wide-spread anemia in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu by working with the government to introduce a new kind of fortified rice.
September 05, 2017
Marshall Burke on calculating the costs of climate change
In a world where the mercury is rising, Marshall Burke examines how warming temperatures will affect global output.
September 01, 2017
Stanford scientists combine satellite data and machine learning to map poverty
Accurate and reliable information on the location of impoverished areas is surprisingly lacking for much of the world.
August 20, 2017
Hongbin Li on linking air pollution with life expectancy in China
Pollution is often accepted as an unavoidable cost of China's industrial and economic boom. But Li is proving that trade-off is shaving years from people’s lives.
August 18, 2017
Stanford researchers find millions of children in high-mortality African hotspots
Stanford researchers have determined that more than 15 million children are living in high-mortality areas across 28 sub-Saharan African countries.
August 16, 2017
Do management practices matter for trade?
In light of burgeoning international trade, Faculty Affiliate Nick Bloom provides the first evidence on the importance of management practices for firm’s export performance.
August 08, 2017
Judith Goldstein on the future of global trade in a populist era
Judith Goldstein finds that, contrary to what has long been believed, the idea that multilateral deals are negotiated to the benefit of all member countries is false.
August 01, 2017
Stephen Haber on the value of integrating politics into economics
Stephen Haber looks at finance, innovation, and climate and geography to explain why only some countries become rich and democratic.
May 17, 2017
Katherine Casey on information as a political game-changer for developing economies
This information vacuum is a reason why low-income countries with democratic elections struggle.
April 24, 2017
Nick Bloom on measuring global uncertainty and good management
Bloom provides insights into intractable mysteries in international economics as they relate to management practices and their impact on business innovation and productivity.
March 30, 2017
New ban on U.S. aid to family planning groups could have unintended consequences
Research led by SCID Director Grant Miller found that abortion rates rose in sub-Saharan Africa when U.S. funding was restricted.
January 24, 2017