Ideas for India | Aparajita Dasgupta

Aparajita Dasgupta
Ashoka University
Aparajita Dasgupta is Assistant Professor in Economics at Ashoka University. Previously, she worked as the Bixby Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Population Council based in New Delhi. She completed her Ph.D. at the Department of Economics at University of California Riverside in 2013. She is an applied micro-economist by training and her research mainly deals with policy-relevant questions in development economics, health, education and public policy. Her primary research interest has been to understand the dynamics of early childhood environment in shaping long-term human capital outcomes in the context of developing countries. Some of her other current work includes understanding the biases in measurement of health, examining the role of decentralisation of health and family planning services on evolution of long-term health, and exploring the sorting behaviour in school choice decision among Indian households. She has extensive field work experience in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. She has presented at several international conferences including the American Economic Association, University of Oxford, IZA-World Bank Conference among others.

Articles By Aparajita Dasgupta
Self-reported health data: Issues and solutions
Posted On: 23 Mar 2016

Topics:   Health

Health data from the National Sample Survey shows an increase in morbidity in India over the years. However, given that the data is self-reported, it is difficult to ascertain whether this indeed reflects higher actual illness burden or an enhanced perception of morbidity. This column shows that reporting behaviour varies systematically with socio-demographic characteristics, and this can be used to disentangle perceived and actual morbidity.
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Can MNREGA buffer negative shocks in early childhood?
Posted On: 29 Aug 2014

Exposure to negative shocks such as drought during early childhood is known to have lasting, detrimental effects on human development outcomes. This column examines whether a household’s access to MNREGA, later in the life of the child, can offset the impact of early childhood shocks. It finds that programme access, although incapable of correcting for past deficiencies, does mitigate the impact of recent shocks.
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