Pinar Keskin is Assistant Professor of Economics at Wellesley College. She is an applied microeconomist focusing primarily on the environmental challenges facing decision-makers in developed and developing countries. A central theme of her research is the use of various geographical and historical settings, ranging from early 20th century United States to contemporary India, to study the determinants and consequences of water access. She has a Ph.D., M.Phil. and M.A. in Economics from Yale University, and B.A. in Economics from Bilkent 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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