Gauri Kartini Shastry is Assistant Professor of Economics at Wellesley College. Her research interests are in development economics, public economics and labour economics. She holds a Ph.D. and A.M. in Economics from Harvard University, and A.B. with honors in Economics and Mathematics from Brown University.
Water quality awareness and behaviour change
28 Jul 2016
Universal access to clean water is far from a reality in many developing countries. This column examines a nationwide information campaign that attempted to minimise the use of arsenic-contaminated tubewells in Bangladesh. It finds that mothers in arsenic-contaminated areas are more likely to exclusively breastfeed their children, and breastfeed for longer after the campaign - likely out of concern for child well-being. It also finds that infant health improves.
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