Sanjeev Kumar is a Lecturer of Health Economics and Health Policy at the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Yale School of Public Health at Yale University, New Haven (CT, USA). His main research interests are in the field of health and healthcare delivery issues in both developed and developing countries. His recent projects include delineating effects of intrinsic religiosity on risky health behaviours; effects of self-assessed health on risk preference; effect of health on political preference; financial sustainability of health facilities in developing countries; memory consumption and economic behaviours. In affiliation with the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute, he is currently living in Kigali (Rwanda) helping the University of Rwanda develop professional and graduate programmes in health economics and finance. He has also worked as a consultant for various projects: a USAID funded Health System Strengthening projects for Management Science for Health (MSH) in Africa; randomised controlled trials on nutrition and reduced class-size in the Non-formal Schools (NFE) setting for MIT-World Bank Project run in collaboration with Seva Mandir (Udaipur); on local institutional constraints in ensuring food security for tribals in Udaipur for CARE (India). He recently has started advising a biotech-nanotech startup firm located in Lancaster, UK. Sanjeev received his postdoctoral training in health economics and health policy from Yale, a Ph.D. in Economics from Southern Methodist University, a M.A. in Economics from Pennsylvania State University. Born and raised in the districts of East Champaran and Patna of the State of Bihar, India, he earned his B.A. (honours) in economics from Ramjas College, and an M.A. in economics from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University (India). He now lives in Connecticut, USA and Rwanda.
Bihar’s alcohol ban: Prudent policy or tail-chasing?
21 Dec 2015
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to implement prohibition in the state from 1 April 2016 is based on the rationale that alcohol consumption is the primary reason for violence against women. In this article, Kumar and Prakash argue that a blanket ban on alcohol won’t stem violence against women – but making alcohol costlier may help.
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