Prakarsh Singh is Assistant Professor of Economics at Amherst College, Massachusetts. He completed his Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics in 2011. He has an M.Res. and B.Sc. in Economics also from the London School of Economics. His areas of research are child malnutrition in India, impact of performance pay to public sector employees, and causes and consequences of civil conflict and terrorism. He has carried out three large-scale field experiments in India targeting child malnutrition. He is also a Visiting Fellow at Navarra Center for International Development, Spain where he teaches in the Summer School. For further information, visit his website: https://sites.google.com/site/prakarshsinghac/
On tackling child malnutrition
30 Aug 2013
Is it the lack of information on nutrition given to mothers, or the lack of child care worker motivation that makes child malnutrition persist? This column cites results from a study undertaken in the slums of Chandigarh in North India to investigate this question. The findings suggest that that offering performance pay to child care workers is likely to be ineffective unless mothers have nutritional information available to them.
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