The growing use of controlled experiments to test whether programs for the poor are effective is an exciting trend in development economics research and in development practice. Much like a drug trial tries to answer the question of whether a...Read More..
Why don’t I floss my teeth more often? Or go to the gym more frequently? Or eat more green, leafy vegetables? In the big picture, what I do with my health probably doesn’t matter. But, sometimes these little behaviors –...Read More..
75% of all households in India use solid unprocessed fuels—firewood and dung-cake—as cooking fuels. The fuel is burned in inefficient chulhas (burners) in poorly ventilated kitchens resulting in an estimated half a million premature deaths and nearly 500 million cases...Read More..
For this post, I’d like to share a paper that I just read by Anil Deolalikar, published in 1988 in the Review of Economics and Statistics entitled “Nutrition and Labor Productivity in Agriculture: Estimates for Rural South India.” Deolalikar’s article...Read More..
Devi Sridhar’s book The Battle Against Hunger bridges several divides. As an anthropologist, she studies food and nutrition – and nutrition policy – through the details of three villages in Tamil Nadu, but also in the halls of the World...Read More..
I will continue from where I started the last time--prices in India. Last summer, my mom was complaining about price of lentils. Masoor was selling at Rs100/kg—unthinkable! Other lentils were also similarly expensive. I wondered—in a country where half of...Read More..
This post is about a humbling sight I saw on the street in Guadalajara a few weeks ago: At a busy intersection there was a young man, about 20 or 25 years old who washes the windows of the cars...Read More..
Waiting in the airport, I just finished philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah’s The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen. With visits with Kant and Prince Hal to the Ming dynasty, Sicily, and northern Pakistan, Appiah explores the tight links between feelings...Read More..