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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    She wins: Electing women in ethnically divided societies

    We conducted survey experiments across 2,000 respondents living in four districts in the state of Bihar and, within them, eight state legislative assembly constituencies equally divided between low and high communal violence districts. We find that women voters prefer women candidates, all candidates who offer protection, and especially women candidates who offer...

    20 Sep 2021 | Arindam Banerjee, Sayan Banerjee, Charles Hankla, Kunal Singh, Anjali Thomas

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    City of dreams no more, a year on: Worklessness and active labour market policies in urban India

    Ten months on from the lockdown months of April to June 2020 in India, we conducted a new field survey in lower-income states of Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh during February and March 2021. The new survey expanded coverage of the target group through a boost sample of individuals who have lost work due to the pandemic. Forty percent of recontacted workers...

    3 Aug 2021 | Swati Dhingra, Fjolla Kondirolli

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Saas, bahu, and ASHA: Information diffusion and behavioural change in rural Bihar

    Our study shows that Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers have enhanced awareness of maternal and child health issues, leading to substantial behavioural change.

    9 Jul 2021 | Mousumi Dutta, Saswata Ghosh, Zakir Husain

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Ensuring food security during pandemics: Lessons from the COVID-19 lockdown in Bihar

    The lockdown to contain COVID-19 was expected to threaten food security and lead to a deterioration of nutritional status, particularly of women and children. A two-part study of six districts in Bihar compared dietary practices of women and their youngest child between pre-lockdown and lockdown periods. It found a decline in dietary practices among women and that...

    9 Jul 2021 | Zakir Husain, Saswata Ghosh, Mousumi Dutta

  • News Item

    Dr Shaibal Gupta, IGC India’s Bihar programme head has passed away

    Dr Shaibal Gupta, IGC India’s Bihar programme head, sadly passed away on 28th January 2021. He was one of India’s pre-eminent social scientists, widely regarded as the leading expert on the economics and politics of Bihar. Dr Gupta was the founder of the Asian Development Research Institute, a respected think tank that has contributed enormously to the prominent role...

    29 Jan 2021

  • Project

    Food security during pandemic times: Insights and perspectives from rural Bihar

    COVID-19 and the government-enforced lockdown has adversely impacted peoples’ livelihoods. The impact of the lockdown is very severe in the rural areas due to closures, restricted farming, and other economic activities. In a poor state like Bihar where nearly 90 percent of the population lives in rural areas and out-migration numbers are extremely high, the flow of...

    10 Dec 2020 | Sunil Kumar Mishra, Aditi Madan, Swati Dutta

  • Project

    Women, work, and the state: Service provision and female labour force

    A significant puzzle regarding India's recent economic development is the country's declining rate of female labour force participation (FLFP). According to the International Labour Organization, FLFP in India dropped from 35% (1990) to 27% (2014). This has occurred despite the steady increase of per capita income, education, and urbanisation, while fertility rates are...

    23 Nov 2020 | Devesh Kapur, Neelanjan Sircar, Milan Vaishnav

  • Project

    Longitudinal analysis of cooking behaviour in rural Bihar, India

    In India, household air pollution from the combustion of solid fuels like firewood, dung, charcoal, and agricultural residues for daily energy requirements accounts for more than 400,000 premature deaths annually. Through Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), the Government of India is engaged in an ambitious national effort to provide access to clean-burning liquefied...

    23 Nov 2020 | Johannes Urpelainen, S.P. Harish, Carlos Gould, Faraz Usmani

  • Project

    Gender and mental health in Bihar and India: Developing tools for effective measurement

    Preliminary evidence suggests that women in India are more likely to suffer poor mental health than men, impacting their own wellbeing but also that of any children they may have. Understanding women’s mental health in Bihar is especially important: compared with other Indian states, poverty is more common, gender discrimination is sometimes more severe, and the...

    23 Nov 2020 | Diane Coffey

  • Project

    Herself and her children: How worse off are they? Impact of COVID-19 in rural Bihar

    COVID-19 has created a perfect storm for global malnutrition. The crisis is expected to adversely affect the nutritional status of households—particularly vulnerable groups like women, children and aged—through livelihood and income losses related to government-mandated shutdowns and de-globalisation, freezing of food transfer schemes such as school feeding programs,...

    27 Aug 2020 | Zakir Husain, Mousumi Dutta, Saswata Ghosh, Kaushik Chaudhuri