To invest in sanitation or not? The role of gender differences in perceptions
Although sanitation is essential for health, many households remain without a toilet due to financial constraints. This article describes the extent to which perceptions of costs and benefits of sanit...
- Britta Augsburg Bansi Malde Harriet Olorenshaw Zaki Wahhaj
- 22 July, 2022
Assessing the extent and fiscal cost of teacher shortages in India
The New Education Policy has proposed that the one million teacher vacancies in public elementary schools be filled imperatively. Using 2019-20 District Information System for Education (u-DISE) data,...
- Sandip Datta Geeta Gandhi Kingdon
- 22 June, 2022
Is open defecation still prevalent in rural north India?
In an attempt to understand open defecation in four focus states in the aftermath of the Swachh Bharat Mission, Vyas and Gupta evaluate the findings of the NFHS-5. They note that the NFHS is likely to...
- Aashish Gupta Sangita Vyas
- 20 January, 2023
Budget 2021-22: Healthcare takes centre stage, again
Assessing the 2021-22 Union Budget from a health-sector perspective, Coffey and Spears contend that improving India’s health outcomes will require old solutions to old problems – and this sort of ...
- Diane Coffey Dean Spears
- 24 February, 2021
Covid-19 and other diseases: An ‘Animal Farm’ perspective
Debraj Ray and S Subramanian contend that despite the apparent sentiment of ‘we are all in this together’, the global burdens of Covid-19 and the global benefits of anti-Covid-19 policy have been ...
- Debraj Ray S. Subramanian
- 23 February, 2021
What can we learn about Swachh Bharat Mission from NFHS-5 factsheets?
Swachh Bharat Mission was introduced by Government of India in 2014 to eliminate open defecation. Based on data from the National Family and Health Survey (NFHS)-5 factsheets, this article shows that ...
- Diane Coffey Nathan Franz Dean Spears
- 02 February, 2021
Covid-19 and schooling: 2020 experience and way forward
The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic brought with it significant challenges for the education sector. On the one hand, closing schools meant imposing a heavy cost on a whole generation of students, and ...
- Rukmini Banerji Ashok Kotwal Wilima Wadhwa
- 24 January, 2021
International Day of Education
24 January is observed by the United Nations as the International Day of Education, to highlight the importance of education for sustainable development and to promote universal, equitable, and inclus...
- I4I Team
- 22 January, 2021
Covid-19: Debunking fake news among slum-dwellers
Urban slum-dwellers are among the groups that are most at-risk of Covid-19, and their precarious situation is further compounded by rampant misinformation regarding the Virus. Based on a survey of abo...
- Alex Armand Britta Augsburg Antonella Bancalari
- 21 January, 2021
Rising obesity in rural India, under the growing urban shadow
According to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS), 2015-16, nearly 20% of India’s population is obese. This article shows that the country’s obesity trends have followed the nature of its econ...
- Anaka Aiyar Prabhu Pingali Andaleeb Rahman
- 12 January, 2021
Collective action for environmental health: Evidence from sanitation in rural India
Access to and sustained use of improved household latrines have long been both a challenge as well as a policy priority in India, particularly in rural areas. Recognising the importance of social mech...
- Emily Pakhtigian Subhrendu Pattanayak
- 08 January, 2021
Does non-farm growth in rural areas reduce intergenerational educational mobility?
While the growth of the non-farm sector in a rural economy is known to reduce poverty, it may also exacerbate inequality. Comparing rural India and rural China the study finds that there is lower inte...
- M. Shahe Emran Francisco Ferreira Yajing Jiang Yan Sun
- 04 January, 2021
Pollution from coal-based power units and anaemic status of children and women
An extensive literature has considered the impact of air pollution on health. While studies have mainly focussed on outcomes such as general morbidity and mortality, this article evaluates the impact ...
- Sourangsu Chowdhury Gaurav Datt Sagnik Dey Pushkar Maitra Nidhiya Menon Ranjan Ray
- 02 December, 2020
Designing incentives for mid-level officials in India's public sector
In the Indian public education system, block/cluster resource persons are mid-level officials who are responsible for monitoring the performance of teachers. In this note, Vivek et al. discuss their e...
- Pradyumna Bhattacharjee Utteeyo Dasgupta Subha Mani Kumar Vivek
- 18 November, 2020
- Notes from the Field
Using phone surveys to measure mental health
The public health and humanitarian crises caused by Covid-19 have led to greater recognition of the issue of poor mental health. Although mental health can affect work and quality of life much like ph...
- Diane Coffey Payal Hathi Nazar Khalid Amit Thorat
- 12 November, 2020
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Hindu-Muslim fertility differentials in India: District-level estimates from Census 2011
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