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Nidhi Khurana

Research Fellow

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Nidhi has a masters in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics. Before joining r.i.c.e., she worked with the Navjyoti India Foundation and the Eawag Aquatic Research.  She has traveled to many parts of rural North India to document issues related to human development, most recently to manage r.i.c.e.’s SQUAT survey in 2013-14.  Her research interests include social stratification based on caste, education as an economic and social good, gender and socialization.

See Nidhi’s CV here.

Blog

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EPW published r.i.c.e. paper on fuel use in rural north India!

By admin, 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 India Goes named among best non-fiction books of the decade by The Hindu

By Nazar Khalid, on January 2nd, 2020

Diane and Dean's book Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development and the Costs of Caste has been named among the best non-fiction books the decade by The Hindu. Reviewing for The Hindu, Uma Mahadevan Dasgupta observes, "This is aRead More..

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Measuring open defecation in India using survey questions: evidence from a randomized survey experiment published in BMJ Open

By Nazar Khalid, on October 10th, 2019

BMJ Open published "Measuring open defecation in India using survey questions: evidence from a randomized survey experiment"  co-authored by  Sangita, Nikhil, Dean and Diane (with Divya Mary, Neeta Goel, Sujatha Srinivasan, Ajaykumar Tannirkulam and Radu Ban). Reducing open defecation inRead More..

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Alex Tabarrok reviews AIR: Pollution, Climate Change and India’s Choice Between Policy and Pretense

By Nazar Khalid, on September 19th, 2019

 Alex Tabarrok, a professor of economics at the George Mason University, recently reviewed Dean’s latest book Air: Pollution, Climate Change and India's Choice Between Policy and Pretence on his blog Marginal Revolution. He lauds Dean’s efforts in ‘accurately explain[g] academicRead 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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Assessing public awareness and use of medical abortion via mobile phone survey in India

By Payal Hathi, on November 12th, 2019

Objective: We assess the feasibility of measuring awareness and use of medical abortion via a mobile phone survey on social attitudes in India. Study design: In 2018, we conducted a mobile phone survey with 3455 married men and women inRead More..

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Measuring open defecation in India using survey questions: Evidence from a randomized survey experiment

By Sangita Vyas, on September 28th, 2019

Objectives: To investigate differences in reported open defecation between a question about latrine use or open defecation for every household member and a household-level question. Setting: Rural India is home to most of the world’s open defecation. India’s Demographic andRead 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..