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  • Project

    Gender peer effects in the labour market: A field experiment in Indian call centers

    Does the gender of one’s co-worker or peers have an impact on labour productivity? In the setting of developed countries, this question has been probed primarily in laboratory/classroom experiments. However, this research question is particularly important in traditionally patriarchal societies where gender is salient. Gender segregation exists in many societies across...

    23 Nov 2020 | Deepshikha Batheja

  • Event

    The growing concern around violence against women and girls

    Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a human rights violation with great impact on victims, their families, and communities and is a growing concern both for India and the World. The global estimation states that 18% of women and girls aged 15 to 49 years have experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner in the previous 12 months (UN Women 2020),...

    25 November 2020

  • Project

    Safety in numbers? Free public transportation for women and women’s safety

    Delhi exhibits low female mobility rates, at the same time, public transport is a hostile environment for women due to widespread sexual harassment. About 89% of female university students in Delhi reported experiencing sexual harassment while travelling in the city. To improve mobility and indirectly improve safety, the Delhi government announced a policy to make bus...

    12 Nov 2020 | Dev Patel, Girija Borker, Gabriel Kreindler

  • Project

    Gender-based violence and police reform: Evaluating a gender-based violence and sensitisation training programme

    The project aims to study the role of policing quality in addressing gender-based violence (GBV). The goal is to assess and showcase the efficacy of a novel policing intervention programme in the Indian state of Bihar, which aims to shape police attitudes towards gender and performance towards GBV crimes. The intervention will provide GBV and gender-sensitisation training...

    12 Nov 2020 | Nathan Fiala, Girija Borker, Nishith Prakash, Sofia Amaral, Maria Sviatschi, Ranjit Mishra

  • Project

    Women as agents of change: How has women’s political mobilisation restructured political networks and changed local governance?

    The structure of political networks and relationships have consequences for how communities are governed; for the quality of public schools, the construction of infrastructure, and the fairness of access to public benefits. Political networks in Bihar, India vary across the state and are in transition from traditional clientelist relationships and caste-based identities...

    10 Nov 2020 | Soledad Artiz Prillaman, Jonathan Phillips

  • Project

    Electricity as a growth constraint for small and medium enterprises in Bihar state, India

    The reliability and access to electricity remain a challenge across much of rural India despite rapidly growing grid electrification rates. Small and medium-sized firms represent one-third of businesses in low-income countries but are also the most vulnerable to bad electric supply. A study conducted in four rural Indian states found that only 65% of firms are connected to...

    9 Nov 2020 | Johannes Urpelainen, Michaël Aklin, Setu Pelz

  • Project

    Do bureaucrats acculturate? Evidence from a long-running natural experiment in India

    This project explores the extent cultural norms around corruption and inaction are adopted over time by bureaucrats. By utilising the random assignment of elite bureaucrats to states with varying cultures of corruption and inaction, the team studies how the bureaucrat’s environment influences their preferences, values, and behaviour. Inaction and corruption of...

    9 Nov 2020 | Nishith Prakash, Raymond J. Fisman, Matt Lowe

  • Project

    Land governance and urban development in India

    The structure of urban governance in cities is arguably a central determinant of the modality of urban growth in developing countries. Urban governance determines whether cities will be dense or sprawling, what kinds of firms they will attract, the cost of living, and whether they will produce an adequate supply of housing or leave huge populations living in urban slums....

    1 Nov 2020 | Sam Asher, Paul Novosad

  • Blog post

    Poverty eradication in India: Successes and shortcomings of social protection

    While social protection programmes in India have helped reduce poverty significantly, they are not without their problems. COVID-19 reversed the gains and has plunged millions into further poverty, disrupting the informal economy, and hitting migrant labourers the hardest. Schemes like MGNREGA are being sought out by the government and desperate citizens to tackle...

    15 Oct 2020 | Kumar Das, Bijeta Mohanty

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Financial intermediation and economic development in the state of Bihar, India: A district-level analysis

    This paper analyses the relationship between financial intermediation and economic development in the state of Bihar in India. We find that the standard index of depth of financial intermediation measured by credit deposit (CD) ratio is very low in the state (30%) and has little impact on economic development at the aggregate level. However, the analysis of sectoral CD...

    7 Oct 2020 | Sanjay Banerji, Krishna Gangopadhyay, Sushanta Mallick