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Sweet cash: Women’s demand for healthcare in developing countries

Agrawal et al. explore the role of gender-based preferences for demand of healthcare. Using CPHS data they find that the positive income shock – generated by a change in the mandated rates of contri...

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Phone-based assessment data: Triangulating schools’ learning outcomes

Recent research has shown that schools often report overestimated learning outcomes, as they fear adverse consequences if they report poor performance. In this post, Gupta et al. describe a pilot stud...

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Access to health insurance in India: Direct and spillover effects

Many low-income households in India have been pushed into poverty by high healthcare costs. Uptake of the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana, the government-run national health insurance programme for bel...

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Challenges faced by community health workers in Covid-19 containment efforts

Although community health workers have been the backbone of the fight against Covid-19 in India, there has not been sufficient focus on their well-being and working conditions. Based on a survey in th...

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The power of school feeding programmes to improve nutrition

India has the world’s highest number of undernourished children and the largest school-feeding programme – the Mid-Day Meal (MDM) scheme – but limited evidence is available on the intergeneratio...

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Start what you finish! Risk and schooling investments

Economic shocks prompt parents to work more in order to reduce the fallout, and children may spend more time helping in the household or on the family farm, thereby interrupting their schooling. Analy...

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Grandads, dads, and sons: Examining multigenerational mobility in India

While studies have examined the association in socioeconomic status between parent and offspring, there has been relatively little research on multigenerational mobility, especially in the developing ...

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Covid-19: Does obesity play a role?

Overnutrition is a major public health issue in India. Being overweight or obese has been linked to the development of health conditions that make individuals more susceptible to severe illness due to...

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Saas, bahu, and ASHA: Information diffusion in rural Bihar

India has made significant progress in improving maternal and child health outcomes, and the contribution of ASHAs – female community health workers – in promoting healthcare-seeking behaviour is ...

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Gender pay gap in India’s health workforce

Despite constituting almost half of the qualified health workforce in India, female health workers face a visible gender pay gap and lack of conducive work conditions. In this post Arushi Pandey exami...

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Economic consequences of Covid-19 lockdowns: Lessons from India’s first wave

As India combats the second wave of Covid-19, the impact on economic activity remains a major concern. Drawing lessons from the first wave in 2020, this article provides an assessment of how containme...

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Informing youth about job opportunities to make training programmes more effective

Launched in 2014 by the central government, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Garmeen Kaushalya Yojana seeks to provide skills-based training to rural, marginalised youth, and to place them in salaried jobs. Base...

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IGC Webinar: The impact of Covid-19 in India and pathways to recovery

The ongoing Covid-19 health crisis has affected lives across the world, and caused a massive economic shock. To help policy stakeholders and the general audience understand the socioeconomic impact of...

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Dynamics of achievement gap between public and private school students

The achievement gap between public and private school students is well-documented in the literature on education in India, but there has not been sufficient focus on the dynamics of this gap over time...

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Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy: Trends across states, over time

Delay in acceptance or refusal of vaccine against Covid-19 despite its availability, is a key hindrance in achieving optimal vaccination coverage among populations around the globe. Using data from a ...

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