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Aashish Gupta

Non-Resident Fellow

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Aashish grew up around Delhi, and is currently a graduate student in Demography at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed an integrated masters in Development Studies from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, and before starting work for rice, was a Research Assistant at the Department of Economics at the University of Allahabad, working on issues related to human development and social security in India. He is interested in social and health policy, as well as in research and action.

Blog

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Bezwada Wilson on caste, manual scavenging, and the Swachh Bharat Mission

By Aashish Gupta, on October 31st, 2017

If there is one thing you will read today, let it be this interview of Bezwada Wilson by Vidya Subrahmaniam of The Hindu Center in The Wire. Bezwada Wilson and Vidya Subrahmaniam  discuss some of rice's sanitation research, but moreRead More..

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Photos from the launch of Where India Goes

By Aashish Gupta, on July 16th, 2017

Visit the photos tab to see photos from the book launch of Dean and Diane's "Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development and the Costs of Caste". Alternatively, click here. The photos were taken by me and Jay.Read More..

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r.i.c.e. at PAA

By Aashish Gupta, on May 2nd, 2017

Diane and I were at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America 2017 in Chicago this week. Diane presented her paper, co-authored with Ashwini Deshpande, Jeff Hammer and Dean, "Local social inequality, economic inequality, and disparities in child height inRead More..

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Mike at Penn

By Aashish Gupta, on December 6th, 2016

Mike Geruso, member of rice's board, was the presenter yesterday at Penn's Business Economics and Public Policy seminar series. He presented his research on "Upcoding: Evidence from Medicare on Squishy Risk Adjustment", co-authored with Timothy Layton. I have read Mike'sRead More..

Research

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Understanding open defecation in rural India: Untouchability, pollution, and latrine pits

By Aashish Gupta, on January 7th, 2017

Open defecation in rural India presents a puzzle: India has far higher open defecation rates than other developing regions where people are poorer, literacy rates are lower, and water is more scarce.  Because open defecation has terrible consequences for health,Read More..

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Health externalities of India's expansion of coal plants: Evidence from a national panel of 40,000 households

By Aashish Gupta, on December 1st, 2016

Coal power generation is expanding rapidly in India and other developing countries. In addition to consequences for climate change, present-day health externalities may also substantially increase the social cost of coal. Health consequences of air pollution have proven important inRead More..

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Purity, pollution, and untouchability: challenges affecting the adoption, use, and sustainability of sanitation programmes in rural India

By Aashish Gupta, on July 6th, 2016

Aashish, Diane & Dean wrote a chapter for the book "Sustainable Sanitation for all: Experiences, challenges and innovations", published by Practical Action and edited by Petra Bongartz, Naomi Vernon and John Fox. The abstract of the chapter is pasted below, andRead More..

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Reporting and incidence of violence against women in India

By Aashish Gupta, on September 25th, 2014

Using data from the National Crime Records Bureau and the National Family Health Surveys, this article estimates, conservatively, the under-reporting of violence against women in India. I calculate under-reporting of sexual and physical violence, both for violence committed by “menRead More..