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Sisir Debnath
Indian School of Business
Sisir_Debnath@isb.edu
Sisir Debnath is Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Indian School of Business (ISB). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. His primary research interests are in the areas of development economics and empirical microeconomics. His paper 'The Impact of Household Structure on Female Autonomy in Developing Countries' has been accepted to be published in the Journal of Development Studies. His other paper 'Intergenerational Consequences of Early Age Marriages of Human Capital' has appeared in the Journal of Development Studies. Sisir regularly makes presentations on developmental economics related topics at academic conferences in India as well abroad. He is recipient of many prestigious grants.
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Articles By Sisir Debnath
Impact of Electronic Voting Machines on electoral frauds, democracy, and development
Posted On: 19 May 2016

Topics:   Political Economy
Tags:   democracy

In an attempt to curb electoral malpractices, Electronic Voting Machines were introduced on a national scale by the Election Commission of India in the 1990s. Using data from state assembly elections during 1976-2007, this column analyses the impact of the machines on electoral processes. It finds that the change in voting technology made elections more competitive, which in turn promoted development.
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Public health insurance for tertiary diseases: Lessons from Andhra’s Aarogyasri programme
Posted On: 12 Apr 2016

Topics:   Health

Private health insurance covering tertiary diseases is limited to the upper middle class in India. One reason for low take-up of publicly-financed health insurance among economically weaker sections is that treatment of tertiary diseases relies critically on specific information on facilities and treatment options. This column presents evidence from Andhra’s Aarogyasri programme suggesting that community networks might be an important channel through which such information is obtained.
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Improving maternal and child health through conditional cash transfers
Posted On: 21 Mar 2016

Topics:   Gender , Health

Cash transfers to the poor, conditional on use of particular public services, are a popular tool to increase healthcare utilisation. This column evaluates the impact of one such scheme – Janani Suraksha Yojana - and finds that it encouraged pregnant women to deliver babies at healthcare facilities. It also suggests that the marginal effect of cash incentives is larger when provided to healthcare workers rather than mothers.
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