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Aashish Gupta

Research 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 inequality, environmental and health policy,  as well as in research and action.

Blog

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Nikhil's book review of `The Right to Sanitation in India: Critical Perspectives' in the EPW

By Aashish Gupta, on March 6th, 2020

Don't miss a review of `The right to sanitation in India: Critical perspectives', edited by Philippe Cullet, Sujith Koonan, and Lovleen Bhullar, in this week's Economic and Political Weekly. The review is available online here.Read More..

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Working paper & Launch - 'Changes in open defecation in rural north India: 2014 - 2018'

By Aashish Gupta, on January 7th, 2019

All of us at r.i.c.e. are excited to announce our new working paper, 'Changes in open defecation in rural north India: 2014 - 2018'. The paper documents the extent of open defecation in rural areas of four north Indian states. ItRead More..

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India's new DHS (NFHS-4) is out!

By Aashish Gupta, on January 11th, 2018

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..

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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..

Research

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Persistence of solid fuel use in rural north India (published paper)

By Aashish Gupta, on January 19th, 2020

Survey evidence from rural North India showing persistent solid fuel use despite increases in liquefied petroleum gas ownership is presented. Although three-quarters of survey households in these states had LPG, almost all also had a stove that uses solid fuels.Read More..

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Where there is smoke: Solid fuel externalities, gender, and adult respiratory health in India

By Aashish Gupta, on August 20th, 2019

Chronic respiratory conditions are a leading cause of death in the world. Using data on lung obstruction from the WHO Survey of Global AGEing and Adult Health (WHO-SAGE 2007-08), this paper studies the determinants of respiratory health in India, homeRead More..

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Persistence of solid fuel use despite increases in LPG ownership: New survey evidence from rural north India (working paper)

By Aashish Gupta, on March 29th, 2019

Solid fuel use is an important contributor to air pollution and disease burden in India. We present survey evidence documenting LPG ownership and cooking fuel use in rural north India. LPG ownership has increased rapidly, substantially driven by the UjjwalaRead More..

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Coercion, construction, and ’ODF paper pe’: The Swachh Bharat Mission, according to local government officials

By Aashish Gupta, on February 25th, 2019

This article draws upon 156 qualitative interviews conducted with the village and block-level officials in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh, as well as on new quantitative survey data, to answer these questions. It finds that local officials usedRead More..