Nidhiya Menon
Brandeis University
Nidhya Menon is Associate Professor of Economics at Brandeis University, an affiliate of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis, and a Research Fellow at IZA. Her research interests are development economics, health, and labour. Current projects include short and long-term evaluations of the health consequences of water pollution in India, implications of the creation of a land market in Vietnam on household outcomes and child health, and programme evaluation in Indonesia in the absence of longitudinal data. She has been a researcher at the Grameen Bank, and a consultant with the World Bank and the United Nations Foundation in the past.

Articles By Nidhiya Menon
Health policy and economic growth in India
Posted On: 27 Jul 2017

A new synthesis paper (Menon 2017) produced by the International Growth Centre brings together evidence from various health-related IGC studies on India undertaken over the past seven years, to draw implications for health policy. At a workshop organised by IGC in collaboration with Ideas for India and Indian Statistical Institute, Srinath Reddy (Public Health Foundation of India), Alok Kumar (NITI Aayog), and Karthik Muralidharan (University of California, San Diego) discussed key policy lessons emerging from research, and areas where further work is required.
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The growing problem of excess weight in India
Posted On: 27 Jun 2016

Topics:   Health

The Indian population is increasingly becoming overweight or obese, and this phenomenon is likely to impose a considerable health burden in the future. Analysing data from the Indian Human Development Survey, this column finds that obesity is more evident among affluent, well-educated, urban groups, especially adult women. Increasing incomes and sedentary lifestyles are key contributing factors.
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Religion and health in early childhood: Evidence from South Asia
Posted On: 03 Jul 2015

Topics:   Health

The widespread malnutrition of children in South Asia is persistent and troubling. Given the importance of religion in the region, this column examines the relationship between inequalities in child health and religious identity across India, Bangladesh and Nepal. It finds a consistent trend of Muslim advantage in infancy, vis-à-vis Hindus, and its reversal after 12 months of age across the three countries.
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The unintended child health consequences of the Green Revolution in India
Posted On: 09 Sep 2013

Topics:   Health , Agriculture

While the Green Revolution in India greatly enhanced agricultural production, the enhanced use of fertilisers led to the contamination of surface and ground water. This column analyses the impact of fertiliser agrichemicals in water on infant and child health. It is found that exposure of mothers to these contaminants in the month after conception increases the chances of infant death within a month of birth, and also has long-lasting negative effects on child health.
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