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Sangita Vyas

Research Fellow

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Sangita’s research focuses on the causes and consequences of child health and well-being in India. These days, she is particularly interested in the health impacts of poor sanitation, air pollution, and climate change. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Sangita holds a BS from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MPA in Economics and Public Policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. She is currently pursuing a PhD in economics at the University of Texas at Austin.

Curriculum Vitae



An insightful article on Swachh Bharat Mission

By Sangita Vyas, on June 15th, 2017

An article in last month's Caravan magazine covers the progress of the Swachh Bharat Mission and provides sharp insight into some of the problems the program faces in rapidly reducing open defecation. Sagar, the author of the article, visited three places close toRead More..


An article on rural outdoor air pollution in The Caravan!

By Sangita Vyas, on May 31st, 2017

Until now, concern and action regarding outdoor air pollution in India have focused on Delhi and other large urban centers. However, 30 percent of Indians live in rural Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, which satellite images show falling underRead More..


Work with r.i.c.e. and 3ie on a project to learn about latrine use measurement!

By Sangita Vyas, on April 23rd, 2017

We are delighted to announce that we are seeking applications for a team to carry out a new project — in partnership with 3ie and the WASH team at the Gates Foundation — that can help us learn about how toRead More..


How to continue the pit emptying momentum

By Sangita Vyas, on March 11th, 2017

I'm pasting below a list of practical action ideas that Robert Chambers has proposed after the pit emptying demonstration in Warangal. These are activities that governments and organizations can take up alike, to break down taboos around pit emptying related to caste andRead More..



The association of early-life exposure to ambient PM2.5 and later-childhood height-for-age in India: an observational study

By Sangita Vyas, on July 25th, 2019

This paper by Dean and Sangita (co-authored with Sagnik Dey, Sourangshu Choundary, Noah Scovronick and Joshua Apte) is the first study to directly estimate the impact of early-life exposure to ambient fine particulate matter (PM2.5) on child height-for-age at theRead More..


The child health impacts of coal: evidence from India's coal expansion

By Sangita Vyas, on July 21st, 2019

This paper investigates the child health impacts associated with a large coal plant expansion in India. Using place and time fixed effects, exposure to a median-sized coal plant at birth is associated with a height deficit of 0.09 standard deviations.Read More..


Outdoor air pollution in rural India

By Sangita Vyas, on April 2nd, 2018

Exposure to air pollution has important consequences for public health. In January 2017, we visited Reusa, a block in Uttar Pradesh, to investigate pollution-generating activities and the policies that aim to mitigate them in rural areas. We found many sources ofRead More..


An Experiment with Air Purifiers in Delhi during Winter 2015-2016

By Sangita Vyas, on December 15th, 2016

Particulate pollution has important consequences for human health, and is an issue of global concern. Outdoor air pollution has become a cause for alarm in India in particular because recent data suggest that ambient pollution levels in Indian cities areRead More..