Pushkar Maitra

Pushkar Maitra’s primary research interests include Development Economics, Population Economics, Applied Econometrics and Behavioural Economics. His specific research interests are analysis of poverty and welfare in developing countries; health, education and human capital accumulation; fertility, mortality and gender preference with special focus on South Africa and South Asia.

Content by Pushkar Maitra
  • Blog post

    Citizens’ trust in local politicians and implications for good governance

    The new state of Telangana was carved out of Andhra Pradesh in June 2014, after a prolonged movement by the people of Telangana region for a separate state. Based on field experiments among citizens in the two successor states, this column finds greater trust in politicians in Andhra relative to Telangana, which may facilitate effective functioning of the State and signal...

    10 Jun 2015 | Lata Gangadharan, Tarun Jain, Pushkar Maitra, Joseph Vecci

  • Blog post

    A new approach to microfinance

    Traditional microcredit has had limited success at enabling farmers to expand the cultivation of risky but profitable cash crops. A new approach that uses local intermediaries and aligns their incentives with farmer profits could generate better outcomes for agricultural production and incomes

    15 Dec 2014 | Pushkar Maitra, Sandip Mitra, Dilip Mookherjee, Alberto Motta, Sujata Visaria

  • Publication - Working Paper

    The behavioral response to women’s empowerment programs (Working Paper)

    1 Dec 2014 | Lata Gangadharan, Tarun Jain, Pushkar Maitra, Joseph Vecci

  • Blog post

    Religion, minority status and trust in India

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States has brought India’s societal divisions to Western media attention. Trust is central to economic interactions. It is thus crucial that India’s new government identify institutions and policies that promote trust and reduce societal divisions to better enable growth and development Religion has always been a...

    30 Sep 2014 | Minhaj Mahmud, Pushkar Maitra, Ananta Neelim

  • Project

    Middleman Margins, Credit and Information Constraints: Potato Markets in West Bengal, India

    Credit and information constraints are particularly acute for farmers in developing countries, and can have a strong impact on their productivity. This project studies pass-through of fluctuations of retail prices to farm-gate prices in the context potato cultivation in West Bengal, India. The primary focus is on credit and information constraints faced by potato farmers...

    4 Sep 2014 | Dilip Mookherjee, Pushkar Maitra, Sandip Mitra, Sujata Visaria

  • Project

    Free Provision and Demand for health products: Evidence from follow-up of a randomized controlled trial of water treatment product in Bangladesh

    The main purpose of this study is to investigate whether providing health products for free (under full subsidies), affects users’ future demand for the health product. Knowing individuals’ demand for health products such as water treatment tablets is important to stakeholders involved in water demand management as well as for policy makers in developing countries....

    1 Jan 2014 | Minhaj Mahmud, Pushkar Maitra, Ananta Neelim, Abu Mohammad Naser Titu

  • Project

    Impact of Elite Capture on the Provision of Public Services

    The rural sector of India while accounting for almost 70% of India’s population has benefitted considerably less from the high economic growth the country has experienced over the last two decades. It has been argued that this is driven by weak delivery of basic services to rural areas. Despite large expenditures in rural development, a centralized bureaucracy with low...

    1 Nov 2013 | Lata Gangadharan, Pushkar Maitra, Tarun Jain, Joseph Vecci

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Learning and Earning: Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation in India (Working Paper)

    1 Jun 2013 | Pushkar Maitra, Subha Mani

  • Project

    Learning and Earning: Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation in India

    This paper estimates the short-and-medium-run effects of participating in a subsidized vocational training program aimed at improving labor market outcomes of women residing in low-income households in a developing country. We combine pre-intervention data with two rounds of post-intervention data from a field experiment to quantify the short-and-medium-run effects of the...

    1 Jul 2012 | Pushkar Maitra, Subha Mani

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Potato Traders in West Bengal: A Survey of Contractual Relations and Market Structure (Policy Brief)

    1 Jun 2012 | Dilip Mookherjee, Sujata Visaria, Pushkar Maitra, Alberto Motta, Sandip Mitra

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Intermediated Loans: A New Approach to Microfinance (Working Paper)

    1 Mar 2012 | Pushkar Maitra, Sandip Mitra, Dilip Mookherjee, Alberto Motta, Sujata Visaria

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Intermediated loans: A new approach to microfinance (Policy Brief)

    Microfinance attempts to be an effective tool for increasing financial inclusion for the world’s poor. However, microfinance programmes often prescribe rigid repayment schedules and a lack of tolerance for risk-taking. Thus, growth and poverty reduction impacts have been limited. This study asks whether it is possible to design a more flexible system of...

    1 Mar 2012 | Pushkar Maitra, Sandip Mitra, Dilip Mookherjee, Alberto Motta, Sujata Visaria