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William Nordhaus has won a share of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics for his contribution to climate economics. In this post from Ideas for India, Dean Spears discusses Nordhaus’ work and its implications for India. He contends that India...Read More..

Starting in 2016, we began Social Attitudes Research, India (SARI), a mobile phone survey collecting data from representative samples of adults in various states across India on people’s attitudes towards social issues such as reservations, intercaste and interreligious marriage, women...Read More..

Please check out the Research page to read Dean and my new paper on child height using the NFHS-4 data.  It was just published in the journal Economic & Political Weekly on August 4th.  We discuss the improvements in child...Read More..

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The Swacch Bharat Mission Grameen recently launched an advertisement campaign video with Hindi movie stars Bhumi Pednekar and Akshay Kumar. In the video the actors educate viewers about how twin pit latrines work. The ad also teaches viewers how the...Read More..

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In last few decades, India has seen a declining household per capita average calorie consumption. This throws a puzzle, as over the same time people in India have gotten richer. Dean and Josephine investigate how India’s improving disease environment can...Read More..

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In this short interview, Dean talks to the IDS about what motivated him and Diane to write their book “Where India Goes: Abandoned toilets, stunted development, and the cost of caste.” While the book addresses the puzzle of widespread open...Read More..

The American Economic Association is featuring a graph from Mike and Dean's paper "Neighborhood Sanitation and Infant Mortality" as their chart of the week: see it here!...Read More..

Ashok Kotwal interviews Jean Drèze in Ideas for India....Read More..

Earlier this month, Scroll published this article calling for more support for women to help them successfully breastfeed their babies.   This support includes not only compensation and time off of work, but also assistance in order to get adequate nutrition...Read More..

Check out Nikhil’s article in EPW Engage in which he explores the government’s current pilot program (Mother’s Absolute Affection, or MAA) to improve breastfeeding.  Breastfeeding is known to help children survive, providing vital nutrition and protection from disease.  Nikhil argues...Read More..

The Hindu recently compiled its list of top ten non-fiction books of 2017, and Dean and Diane's Where India Goes made the list!  They write: Coffey and Spears have come out with a deeply researched and thoughtfully written book about...Read More..

SARI in the news!

Payal Hathi, on January 25th, 2018

We are excited that SARI findings on explicit prejudice, published in EPW last week, have received the following media coverage to date: Seema Chishti's front page article in the Indian Express - see here Scroll's coverage - see here NewsClick's interview...Read More..

SARI Paper in EPW!

on January 15th, 2018

Our new paper 'Explicit Prejudice: Evidence from a New Survey' was published in Economic and Political Weekly on 6th January, 2018. The paper uses data from the newly done phone survey by r.i.c.e. called Social Attitudes Research, India (SARI). It...Read More..

Check my new article on ideas for India website. The Public Distribution System plays an important role in the lives of poor people in Jharkhand. They tend to keep their ration cards safely, go to the ration shop every month...Read More..

The hard-working folks at the Demographic and Health Surveys and the International Institute of Population Sciences, Mumbai have the perfect new year gift for researchers in India: the new round of the India's DHS, also called NFHS - 4 (2015-16)....Read More..

Payal's op-ed on women's work was published in the Indian Express today.  She uses SARI data to explore social disapproval of women working outside the home, and how patriarchal attitudes contribute to India's low female labor participation rate. Data reported...Read More..

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