Hannah Ruebeck received her B.A. in Economics from Wellesley College where she researched health and education policy in India and Bangladesh. She has interned as a research assistant at Evidence for Policy Design at the Center for International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School studying the effect of microfinance on school management. She is currently a Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard University where she studies discrimination, education policy, and the achievement gap.
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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