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Anil Deolalikar
University of California, Riverside
anilducr@gmail.com
Anil Deolalikar is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Riverside. He is also Co-Director of the One Health Center, located within the University of California Global Health Institute, and Director of UCR’s Center for Sustainable Suburban Development. Since his arrival at UC Riverside in 2003, he has started a teaching and research programme in public policy studies at that university. Deolalikar’s area of research specialisation is the economics of human capital – particularly child nutrition and health – in developing countries. He has published four books and over 60 articles in the areas of child nutrition, health, education, poverty, and social protection in developing countries. He was co-author of India State Hunger Index, a study that measured the prevalence of hunger and malnutrition by state in India. The study was published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in 2008. He was also a perspective author/contributor to the discussion on “Hunger and Malnutrition” at the Copenhagen Consensus Group meetings in 2008 and 2012. In 2008, he was invited by the Government of India to serve on the Prime Minister’s High-Level Committee on the Social, Economic and Educational Status of the Muslim Community in India. At the present time, he is one of three lead authors of the India Nutrition Report, a policy overview of nutrition currently under preparation under the auspices of the Public Health Foundation of India. Deolalikar was elected in 2007 as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for “… distinguished contributions to research and policy discourse in the field of development economics, particularly in the areas of household behavior and human capital accumulation.” He is co-editor of the Journal of Asian and African Studies and the Journal of Developing Societies. In addition to his research, he has been an adviser to a number of developing-country governments and international organisations, including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the UNDP, in designing and evaluating economic and social policy interventions. Deolalikar taught previously at the University of Washington, University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard University. He also served briefly as Lead Human Development Economist for the World Bank at their regional offices in New Delhi, India, and Nairobi, Kenya. Deolalikar obtained an A.B. summa cum laude in 1977 from Harvard College, a Diploma in Economics in 1978 from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. in 1981 from Stanford University. He also served as a postdoctoral fellow in economic demography at Yale University during 1981-1983.

Articles By Anil Deolalikar
Combating gender imbalance through legislation
Posted On: 16 Aug 2013

Topics:   Gender

The rapid decline in the sex ratio in India over the past few decades is an artefact of the historically strong preference for sons over daughters. To address the problem, the Indian government passed an Act in 1994 that prohibited sex selection. While the general perception is that the Act was not effective, this column finds that it may have resulted in at least an additional 106,000 surviving girls aged 0-6 years in rural India.
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A national shame: Hunger and malnutrition in India
Posted On: 23 Jul 2012


One area where India’s development falls desperately short is nutrition. Child malnutrition rates are higher in India than in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa. This column argues that there can be no excuses. Policymakers need to better understand the reasons behind this ‘national shame’ and need to start doing something about it.
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