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    Can peer and neighbourhood effects improve maternal health outcomes in rural Bihar: Assessing the role of formal and informal networks

    Bihar is a state with a long history of poor maternal health indicators. At the onset of the National Rural Health Mission in 2005, Bihar was listed as one of the High Focus states, and special attention was paid to improving health indicators. Data from the latest round of the Demographic Health Survey indicates that such attempts have not been successful. Policy...

    15 Jul 2020 | Mousumi Dutta, Zakir Husain

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    Child marriage in Bihar: The role of insecurity and migration

    According to the recent National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4, 2015-16) data, 39.1% of women in India within the age-group of 20-24 years are married before 18 years. In Bihar, the problem is much more acute with 42.5% of the girls in this age group having been married before 18. Though over the years the situation has improved in the state, some worrying statistics show...

    14 Jul 2020 | Anindita Sen, Arijita Dutta

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    Social identity, taste bias and under provisioning of public goods

    Data shows that public good provision in India decreases with an increase in caste-based fractionalisation. While past research (Banerjee and Somanathan, 2007) documents this association, the causal interpretation and the deeper mechanisms driving the result is an open question. This project aims to plug this gap by identifying the precise causal connection between caste...

    10 Jul 2020 | Ritwik Banerjee, Anujit Chakraborty, Ashokankur Datta, Arka Roy Chaudhuri

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    Using automated event detection to reduce data collection costs with an application to the BFRS dataset

    The project aims to replicate and extend the BFRS dataset (which measured political violence in Pakistan, based on press reporting, from 1988 to 2011) by using machine learning and algorithm techniques. Incident-level data on political violence has been analysed to study causal linkages between terrorism and economic growth. Such research aids policymakers in formulating...

    8 Jul 2020 | Ali Hasanain, Muhammad Fareed Zaffar

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    Tracking the economic consequences and response to COVID-19 in Sierra Leone

    This project implements a phone survey to capture the economic impact of COVID-19 and policy responses in Sierra Leone. The objectives of the survey are: To get a quick assessment of the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 crisis in Sierra Leone. To track the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 crisis over the next 6 months To possibly evaluate...

    13 May 2020 | Macartan Humphreys, Wilson Prichard, Maarten Voors, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Peter van der Windt, Abou Bakarr Kamara, Niccoló Meriggi

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    Regional economic spillovers from the South Sudanese civil war: Evidence from formal and informal cross border trade

    Just two and a half years after gaining independence in July 2011, South Sudan’s civil war broke out on the 15th of December 2013. Since then, the conflict has fuelled a humanitarian crisis resulting in devastating social and economic consequences. Beyond claiming tens of thousands of victims and leaving more than a third of the country’s population forcibly displaced,...

    13 May 2020 | Jakob Rauschendorfer, Ben Shepherd

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    Lessons from Public-Private Partnerships in Lebanon

    In 2019, the IGC in Lebanon partnered with the High Council of Privatization (HCP) at the Prime Minister’s Office to draw lessons from previous privatisation attempts. Lebanon has traditionally relied on its banking system to attract capital inflows into the local economy. Ongoing political deadlock and regional turmoil have regressed position as a financial hub in the...

    12 May 2020 | Stéphane Straub

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    Knowledge is power: A scoping study on women’s safety

    Bihar is ranked 3rd highest in terms of the percentage of women (nearly 43.2%) who experienced physical, sexual or emotional spousal violence (NFHS-4, 2017). Moreover, evidence suggests that the actual, as well as the perceived threat of women being attacked outside the home often deter them from working outside (Sudarshan, 2009; Chakraborty et. al, 2018). These alarming...

    11 Mar 2020 | Debayan Pakrashi, Chitwan Lalji, Sarani Saha

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    Addressing financial inclusion in rural India: the role of information and peer pressure

    Financial inclusion is considered to be an important aspect of the promotion of economic growth. Despite a significant increase in formal financial account ownership in recent years, a vast majority of adults in developing countries, and in particular women, still do not use them regularly. The aim of this project is to understand the factors that influence the usage of...

    11 Mar 2020 | Asadul Islam, Marcel Fafchamps, Debayan Pakrashi

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    She Wins- Electing women in ethnically divided societies: The case of Bihar

    Prior research on gender and politics in India focuses on efforts to increase the number of women holding office. Few researchers, however, have addressed why, in ethnically diverse democracies like India, some women candidates are successful while others are not. Existing research does little to differentiate women candidates by constituency characteristics, much less by...

    10 Mar 2020 | Sayan Banerjee, Charles Hankla, Arindam Banerjee