Showing all Projects in India

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    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

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    The contractualisation of India's workforce: Explanations and implications

    The formal manufacturing sector in India has seen increasing informalisation through extensive hiring of contract workers, despite convergence between their wages and those of regular workers. We examined the factors that drive contractualisaton in the formal manufacturing sector and its potential implications for firm productivity. We found that while labour...

    11 Jan 2016 | Radhicka Kapoor, P.P. Krishnapriya

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    The impact of climate and pollution on worker productivity: Evidence from a garment factory in India

    This study aims to answer the following research questions: What is the impact of air pollution on worker productivity and other labour outcomes (attendance, tardiness, and attrition)? What is the impact of climate conditions (temperature and humidity) on worker productivity and other labour outcomes? Is resilience to temperature and air pollution heterogeneous...

    11 Jan 2016 | Achyuta Adhvaryu, Namrata Kala, Anant Nyshadham

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    Impact of groundwater accessibility on performance of firms

    Industrial production is a hallmark of development and can accelerate economic growth. In some developing countries such as India, the manufacturing sector has not expanded since 1980, whereas in other places such as China, a rapid increase in industrial activity has been accompanied by a tremendous surge in standards of living. This raises the question of what constraints...

    16 Dec 2015 | Sheetal Sekhri

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    Impact evaluation of a public health insurance plan in India: Post health event survey pilot

    This study forms part of an evaluation of a large public health insurance scheme in India, the Indian Health Insurance Experiment. We piloted an innovative survey instrument to assess its cost and accuracy in measuring the effect of health insurance on the frequency of hospitalisation and associated out of pocket expenditure for households. We found that...

    5 Oct 2015 | Anup Malani, Cynthia Kinnan, Alessandra Voena, Gabriella Conti, Ramanan Laxminarayan

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    Women's empowerment and changing social norms: Persistent effects of a one-time targeted in-kind transfer in India

    An evaluation of the long-term impact of the Government of Bihar’s bicycle programme, started in 2006, where every girl enrolled in grade 9 receives money to buy a bicycle. A girl with a cycle is more likely to complete school (22.9%) or college (5%) compared to a girl who did not get a cycle. Cycle girls are also 4% less likely to be working in agriculture,...

    4 Sep 2015 | Shabana Mitra, Karl Ove Moene

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    Be the change you want to see: Leadership training and women's political participation

    Can  a  leadership  and  empowerment  training  programme  increase  women's  political participation? This research question is motivated by two observations: Women's  political  participation  is  very  low  in  most  countries,  especially  in elected office. On average, they constitute only 21% of national parliaments (11% in India). Over the...

    4 Sep 2015 | Anandi Mani, Lakshmi Lyer

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    Asymmetric information and the energy-efficiency of durable goods: Evidence from cooking stoves in India

    Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) is a modern cooking fuel, which is convenient, reliable, and does not, like many traditional fuels, pollute one’s kitchen and lungs. For these benefits, 15 million Indians are adopting LPG every year. The Government of India heavily subsidises LPG in order to induce households to switch from dirtier fuels like kerosene and aims to...

    4 Sep 2015 | Anant Sudarshan, Nicholas Ryan, Prabhat Barnwal

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    Income expectations and child health: Evidence from a maternity support programme in India

    This study evaluated a programme that provides income support to pregnant women in rural India. The programme had positive effects on child and maternal health, even though it was not working efficiently in Bihar. This is because it increased the intervals between the first and second pregnancies, which is known to be beneficial to child health. There is a...

    28 Aug 2015 | Anjini Kochar, Prabhat P. Ghosh

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    Access to credit and female labour supply in India

    Access to microfinance integrates women into the labour force in the long run. This effect is driven by a greater participation of women in household business activity, but does not seem to be associated with a sustainable change in female empowerment. Results also suggest that as a consequence of increasing participation in the labour force, greater...

    28 Aug 2015 | Erica Field, Rohini Pande