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    In-kind transfers as insurance

    In-kind transfers have historically been an important way in which countries transfer resources to poorer households – the World Bank estimates that 44% of individuals on social safety net programmes around the world receive in-kind transfers. In recent years, however, there has been increasing interest among academics and policymakers in moving toward unconditional cash...

    24 Nov 2020 | Lucie Gadenne, Sandip Sukhtankar, Monica Singhal

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    Using spatial data for targeting the poor: Reaching the most vulnerable

    The lockdown of mega cities and the perceived trade-off between lives and livelihoods throws up immense policy challenges. We take up the social protection side of this challenge by constructing a targeting tool that pays attention to economic vulnerabilities, as well as requirements of disease containment. Our proposed tool geo-maps Karachi on the basis of electricity...

    23 Nov 2020 | Rashid Memon, Hussain Bux Mallah, Nazar Khan

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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