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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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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..

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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..

Research

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

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..

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Social disadvantage and mental health: A developing country perspective

By Aashish Gupta, on January 2nd, 2018

Studies from the United States document important racial gaps in health. In developing societies, research on social disadvantage and health is more limited. Mental health, in particular, is poorly understood relative to its disease burden. Our study contributes the firstRead More..

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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..