Sisir Debnath

Sisir Debnath is Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the ISB. He received his Ph D, from the University of Virginia in USA. His primary research interests are in the areas of Development Economics and Empirical  Microeconomics. His paper The Impact of Household Structure on Female Autonomy in Developing Countries has been accepted to be published in Journal of Development Studies. His other paper Intergenerational Consequences of Early Age Marriages of Human Capital has already appeared in Journal of Development Studies. The Professor regularly makes presentations on Developmental Economics related topics at academic conferences in India as well abroad. He is recipient of many prestigious grants.

Content by Sisir Debnath
  • Blog post

    Timeliness and coverage of child vaccinations across India

    Despite free vaccinations for children below 12 years of age under the Universal Immunisation Programme, one-third of global child deaths due to vaccine-preventable diseases occur in India. In this article, Debnath and Chaudhuri use nationally representative data from 2005-06 and 2015-16, to examine the timeliness and coverage of routine immunisation in the country....

    27 Sep 2021 | Sisir Debnath, Abyaleek Chaudhuri

  • Project

    A pilot study to develop and test ICT tools to improve timeliness of vaccination in Bihar

    Despite a significant increase in vaccine coverage in India, more than 20% of child deaths in 2008 were caused by three vaccine-preventable diseases alone. A major underlying factor behind these deaths is lack of vaccine effectiveness, which in turn depends on the timeliness of vaccination. Factors affecting the delays in timeliness of vaccinations include: Manual...

    17 Jul 2020 | Sisir Debnath, Sarang Deo

  • Blog post

    Designing national healthcare: Challenges and opportunities for Ayushman Bharat

    As India’s population ages, the demand for tertiary healthcare to treat non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular ailments is increasing rapidly. Estimates from the World Health Organisation show that deaths in India due to non-communicable diseases increased from 4.2 million in 2000 to 5.8 million in 2016. Over the same period, deaths...

    17 Dec 2018 | Sisir Debnath, Dibya Mishra , Tarun Jain, Revathy Suryanarayana

  • Publication - Project Report

    No free lunch: Using technology to improve the efficacy of school feeding programs

    27 Jul 2017 | Sisir Debnath, Sheetal Sekhri

  • Project

    Role of ICT technologies in combating malnutrition: Increasing transparency in India’s mid‐day meal programme

    Social welfare programmes in developing countries are infamous for poor administration and leakages from the distribution networks. Large swathes of benefits often do not reach the intended beneficiaries. This project focuses on a state-driven, technology-enabled reform and shows that information and communication technologies (ICTs) can be harnessed to improve existing...

    25 May 2017 | Sisir Debnath, Sheetal Sekhri

  • Blog post

    Aarogyasri programme: Public health insurance and community networks

    The burden of non-communicable, tertiary diseases in India is increasing as its population of prosperous and aged people increases. Private health insurance is largely limited to upper middle class patients, while publicly financed health insurance has failed to attract lower-income patients. New evidence from the Aarogyasri Programme in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh,...

    2 Nov 2016 | Tarun Jain, Sisir Debnath

  • Project

    Social influences and public health insurance utilisation

    The use of many public programmes is complex and difficult, requiring considerable information, expertise, and help. For some types of people and diseases, using formal health services might be taboo, violating prevailing social norms on appropriate behavior. These factors might limit adoption, even if the programme is otherwise beneficial for users. For example, in...

    13 Jan 2016 | Sisir Debnath, Tarun Jain

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Social networks and health insurance utilization

    1 Dec 2015 | Sisir Debnath, Tarun Jain