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    Adaptation to persistent drought and groundwater depletion: Evidence from Karnataka

    Water stress is becoming the leading constraint on Indian agriculture. Groundwater resources are being fast-depleted and rainfall disruptions are increasingly frequent. Understanding how farmers adapt to this dual challenge is crucial for India’s agricultural growth, and transformation. The study seeks to investigate the combined impacts of persistent drought and...

    7 Apr 2016 | Ram Fishman, K.V. Raju, V.S. Prakash

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    Rural-urban migration in Bihar

    Migration in Bihar is common, both within the state and from the state to other parts of the country. However, there has been limited understanding of the forms that migration is taking. This study found that the vast majority of migration in Bihar is cyclical labour migration by vulnerable groups. Labour migrants’ mobility is hindered by their access to...

    7 Apr 2016 | Indrajit Roy

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    The impact of short-term driving restrictions on mobility and traffic congestion in Delhi

    Driving restrictions based on license plate numbers are a popular yet little understood policy in large cities in developing countries. This project used high frequency surveys to measure how drivers responded to such a policy in Delhi. Delhi's Odd-Even policy proved effective in reducing traffic congestion. However, many drivers switched to other private...

    7 Apr 2016 | Esther Duflo, Gabriel Kreindler, Benjamin Olken

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    Promoting job-rich urbanisation in Zambia

    Gregory Randolph and Dhruv Jain

    14 Mar 2016 | Gregory Randolph, Dhruv Jain

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    Upgrading sanitation in informal settlements in Lusaka

    Despite significant investments by governments, international donors and NGOs in bringing sanitation to low-income communities, the adoption of improved sanitation by low-income households has remained stubbornly low. Building on a recent but flourishing literature stressing the importance of social networks on influencing individuals’ behaviour, this study will address...

    14 Mar 2016 | Mũthoni Ngatia, William Parienté, Roland Rathelot

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    Spatial equilibrium effects of positive wealth shocks

    From the perspective of urban economics, a core constraint facing rural populations is likely their inability to concentrate purchasing power geographically. This is driven by the fact that (i) most primary export products (agricultural goods) require a lot of land, relative to labour for production, and (2) are exports are typically low-margin commodities.  We propose to...

    25 Feb 2016 | Edward Miguel, Paul Niehaus, Johannes Haushofer, Michael Walker

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    Subways and urban air pollution

    Urbanisation will be an important part of the development process for most low income countries, and demands for urban infrastructure construction will outpace the ability of policy makers to provide it. Given this, it is critical to develop an empirical basis for prioritising construction projects. What should policymakers do first? Build highways, subways, water treatment...

    25 Feb 2016 | Matthew Turner, Marco Gonzalez-Navarro

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    The changing nature of low income settlements in the larger Karachi context

    The Humanities and Social Sciences conference, “Urbanism, Exclusion and Change in South Asia”, which will be held at LUMS between March 4-6, 2016, aims to explore more closely the lived experience of urbanism in South Asia and its diaspora. This conference approaches the city as a site of multiple contestations and contradictions and aims to highlight struggles over...

    9 Feb 2016 | Arif Hasan

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    Guardians of accountability: A field experiment on corruption and inefficiency in local public works

    Corruption affects the building of public infrastructure across Peru’s districts. According to news sources, funds that were earmarked for a bridge connecting Quiñota and Colquemarca were misallocated. In the municipality of Zaña, which is located in the northern highlands, the materials to build a sanitation plant were purchased at inflated prices. In Chucuito, a...

    9 Feb 2016 | Paul F. Lagunes

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    Priorities for Hlegu Township

    Hlegu Township in Myanmar sits 45 km northeast of Yangon. It is a rural township within Yangon Region. Despite its proximity to the city of Yangon it has yet to benefit significantly or directly from increasing urbanization in the country’s capital. It boarders Yangon city and the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), though it is administered separately with its own...

    2 Feb 2016 | Aaron Weisbrod, Lauren Dunn