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Santosh Kumar
Sam Houston State University
skumar@shsu.edu
Santosh Kumar, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Sam Houston State University, Texas, USA. An applied micro-economist by training, his research interests are into development economics, global health, and impact evaluation.

Before joining the faculty at Sam Houston, Dr. Kumar has worked at University of Washington, Seattle and Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA. Dr. Kumar earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Houston. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Delhi University and his Master of Arts in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics

Articles By Santosh Kumar
Political decentralisation, female leadership, and health in rural Bihar
Posted On: 23 Aug 2017


Political decentralisation and female representation in governance are known to improve social welfare by influencing policy decisions in favour of women and children. Analysing data from rural Bihar, this column finds that having a female leader at the village council level has a strong positive association with institutional births, and child survival rates for richer households.
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The less the merrier? Family size and education in India
Posted On: 01 Apr 2016

Topics:   Education , Gender

In the face of financial constraints, children from larger families are expected to have relatively less education and poor health. This column explores the empirical relevance this ‘quantity-quality trade-off’ in India with regard to education. It finds that family size has a negative impact on the schooling of children, particularly for low caste, poor and rural households.
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Droughts and child health
Posted On: 27 Jan 2015

Topics:   Health

Research has pointed towards the importance of foetal health in child development. Assessing the impact of rainfall variability on child health, this column finds that exposure to drought in the womb increases the child’s likelihood of being underweight. It suggests that policies aimed at reducing child malnutrition need to start at the beginning of human life, that is, in the womb.
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Distance and institutional deliveries in rural India
Posted On: 19 Apr 2013

Topics:   Gender , Health

India has the highest rate of maternal deaths in the world. A major cause is that a significant proportion of women continue to deliver babies at home without the presence of a skilled attendant. This column says that distance to health facilities is a key barrier to seeking delivery care at a facility.
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