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July 2015Moving to Opportunity or Isolation? Network Effects of a Randomized Housing Lottery in Urban India
with Erica Field, Rohini Pande: w21419
A housing lottery in an Indian city provided winning slum dwellers the opportunity to move into improved housing on the city’s periphery. Fourteen years later, relative to lottery losers, winners report improved housing farther from the city center, but no change in family income or human capital. Winners also report increased isolation from family and caste networks and lower access to informal insurance. We observe significant program exit: 34% of winners never moved into the subsidized housing and 32% eventually exited. Our results point to the importance of considering social networks when designing housing programs for the poor.
June 2015Movies, Margins, and Marketing: Encouraging the Adoption of Iron-Fortified Salt
with Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo
in Insights in the Economics of Aging, David A. Wise
June 2013Nutrition, Iron Deficiency Anemia, and the Demand for Iron-Fortified Salt: Evidence from an Experiment in Rural Bihar
with Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo
in Discoveries in the Economics of Aging, David A. Wise, editor
Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is frequent among the poor worldwide. While it can be prevented with supplements or food fortification, these programs often do not reach the poorest. Further, little is known about the impact of treating iron deficiency anemia on productivity. This paper is the first of a larger project that investigates the feasibility and the impact of addressing IDA through partly subsidized double fortified salt (DFS)--salt fortified with iron and iodine--in rural Bihar. Analysis of a baseline survey in 400 villages suggests that anemia is prevalent (over 50% of adult women are anemic) and is correlated with lower physical and cognitive fitness at all ages. This is despite the fact that consumption per capita is not particularly low by the standards of rural India (INR 56 ...

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