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Payal Hathi

Research Fellow

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Payal is interested in health, gender, state effectiveness, and service delivery in India. Most recently, she worked with the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program, managing research initiatives in South Asia. Payal started her career in India overseeing several randomized evaluations of rural health programs with the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) in Udaipur, Rajasthan, and later supported various M&E initiatives with the Liberian Ministry of Health and Abt Associates in Kenya, Nigeria, and Madagascar. She has also worked extensively with survivors of domestic violence and is certified as a rape crisis counselor in the U.S. Originally from Southern California, Payal holds a BA in Economics from UC Berkeley and an MPA in Public Policy and Development Studies from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.

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Social Attitudes Research, India (SARI) data is available!

By Payal Hathi, on September 14th, 2018

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, womenRead More..

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Breastfeeding promotion in EPW Engage

By Payal Hathi, on March 7th, 2018

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 arguesRead More..

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Where India Goes makes The Hindu's Top 10 list!

By Payal Hathi, on January 26th, 2018

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 aboutRead More..

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SARI in the news!

By 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 interviewRead More..

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Can more education reduce opposition to intermarriage? Comparing India and the US

By Payal Hathi, on August 2nd, 2018

Intermarriage between races or castes is often used as a measure of average, population-level social tolerance.  It is commonly assumed that increases in education will make a society more tolerant.  General Social Survey (GSS) data between 1990 and 2016 showRead More..

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Place and child health : The interaction of population density and sanitation behavior in developing countries

By Payal Hathi, on December 1st, 2016

A long literature in demography has debated the importance of place for health, especially children’s health. In this study, we assess whether the importance of dense settlement for infant mortality and child height is moderated by exposure to local sanitationRead More..

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Can collective action strategies motivate behavior change to reduce open defecation in rural India?

By Payal Hathi, on May 10th, 2016

A paper by Payal, Dean, and Diane, published in Waterlines. Abstract:  The world’s remaining open defecation is increasingly concentrated in rural India. The Indian government’s efforts to reduce open defecation by providing subsidies for latrine construction have been largely unsuccessfulRead More..