Dr Debayan Pakrashi is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur. He is an applied microeconomist interested in behavioural, health and economic development. Prior to joining the Behavioural Science Centre at the University of Stirling as a post-doctoral researcher, he was an Australian Research Council (ARC) Research Scholar, working on the Rural-Urban Migration in China and Indonesia (RUMiCI) project at the University of Queensland, funded by the Australian Research Council, the Ford Foundation, the World Bank, and the German Labour Institute. He received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research Higher Degree Thesis and the Australian Alumni Excellence Award India under the Young Achiever category for his work in 2015. Currently, he is working on several research projects in India and Bangladesh with leading experts in the field of behavioural economics and impact evaluation.
Can microcredit improve food security among the rural poor?
28 Sep 2015
A core objective of microcredit in Bangladesh is to make the rural poor more food secure. To what extent has this been achieved? Analysing household data from Bangladesh, this column finds that participants of microcredit programmes are more food secure, with improved calorie availability, reduced child stunting and better maternal nutritional status. However, programme participation in itself does not improve dietary diversity.
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