Britta Augsburg is a Senior Research Economist in the development sector of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policies (EDePo) and an affiliated researcher at the United Nations University-Merit in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Her research concentrates on understanding the effectiveness of programmes and policies that tackle constraints to productivity of poverty-affected individuals and households, with a particular focus on credit and technology adoption constraints. Recent findings on her research on microfinance have been published in the American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings. At present, her main project portfolio focuses on sanitation technology - understanding information and financial constraints to uptake at the demand as well as the supply side. To this end, she is managing a number of large scale sanitation impact evaluation projects, primarily randomised field experiments, in India and Nigeria.
No toilet, no bride: Toilet ownership and marriage prospects of men in India
30 Sep 2015
A growing body of research shows that costs are a key barrier to sanitation investments by households. Based on a survey in Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, this column finds that apart from financial and health considerations, the decision of households to acquire toilets is influenced by the belief that toilet ownership improves prospects of finding good marriage matches for sons.
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