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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.



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..


Dean presents at Penn Demography

By Aashish Gupta, on February 27th, 2016

This week, Dean came to Penn's Population Studies Center present his & Mike Geruso's "Neighourhood Sanitation and Infant Mortality" paper. I don't have a photo of Dean presenting, but I did click a photo of him, in the PSC lab, doing twoRead More..


Two new additions to the r.i.c.e. family

By Aashish Gupta, on July 8th, 2015

We are very happy to report to you that there are additions to the r.i.c.e. family. First of all, Kritika joined us as ha research fellow. Kritika has completed a Masters in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics. HerRead More..


Nikhil and Sangita on NDTV, discussing the Swacch Bharat Mission

By Aashish Gupta, on May 19th, 2015

Just two days ago, award winning journalist Sreenivasan Jain and Manas Roshan of NDTV did a story on the Swachh Bharat Mission as part of their investigative show, Truth Versus Hype.  You can watch the show here. The show wasRead More..



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..


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..


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..


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..