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By honing in on top 5 risk factors for child undernutrition in India, findings could lead to more effective interventions

Indian-woman-and-childHarvard Pop Center affiliated researchers including recent Bell Fellow Daniel Corsi, PhD,  research associate Iván Mejía-Guevara, PhD,  and faculty and executive committee member SV Subramanian (Subu), PhD, have published a study in Social Science & Medicine that has evaluated the contribution of 15 common risk factors for chronic child undernutrition in India. The findings point to five risk factors responsible for more than 65% of the problem. Learn more in this Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health press release.

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Multi-level analysis finds “micro-geographies” of child undernutrition in India

ivanFour Harvard Pop Center researchers, including research associate Iván Mejía-Guevara, PhD,  recent doctoral program graduate Aditi Krishna, PhD, former Bell Fellow Daniel Corsi, PhD, and faculty member SV Subramanian, PhD, are authors on a paper published in the Journal of South Asian Development that evaluates child undernutrition in India by level – individual, community and state – so that policies can more effectively target these determinants.

Is there a female disadvantage in India when it comes to nutrition?

dan and subuNot according to a paper published in the Journal of South Asian Development by former Bell Fellow Daniel Corsi, PhD, and Harvard Pop Center faculty member SV Subramanian (Subu), PhD.  Although previous studies have found there to be a female disadvantage in India when it comes to mortality, allocation of food within households, and healthcare coverage, the researchers in this study did not find there to be consistent evidence of female disadvantage in nutritional status based on using measures of anthropometric (height/weight for age, and  stunting/wasting/underweight) status.

Gender norms at play in weakening female labor-force participation in India; gender quotas & training may help

Pande-2015_325-x-225Harvard Pop Center’s Executive Committee and faculty member Rohini Pande, PhD, has co-authored an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times that explores why female labor-force participation is down in India despite economic growth, increasing educational attainment for girls, and decreased fertility rates.

How does female literacy, under-5 mortality rate, and poverty level influence declining fertility rates in India?

Mohanty_Visiting ScientistHarvard Pop Center researchers, including visiting scientist Sanjay K. Mohanty, PhD, faculty member Gunther Fink, PhD, and associate director David Canning, PhD, have produced a PGDA working paper that explores the distal determinants of fertility decline across 640 Indian districts.

Poverty levels in India vary widely by region

Mohanty_Visiting ScientistHarvard Pop Center Visiting Scientist Sanjay Mohanty, PhD, has co-authored a study published in Economics on the regional estimates of multidimensional poverty in India. Findings suggest that about half of India’s population are multidimensional poor (measured in the dimensions of health, knowledge, income, employment and household environment) with large regional variations.

Promoting healthy aging in developing countries; a look at Chinese vs. Indian contexts

Mohanty_Visiting ScientistHarvard Pop Center Visiting Scientist Sanjay Mohanty, PhD, has published a Comment in a special issue of The Journal of the Economics of Ageing dedicated to the economic implications of population aging in China and India, which is co-edited by Pop Center faculty member David Bloom, PhD. The comment is in response to the article Healthy Aging in China, also appearing in this special issue.

Air pollution in India reducing life expectancy for 660 million by 3.2 years

pandeRohini Pande, PhD, director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Evidence for Policy Design and Harvard Pop Center faculty member, is co-author of a special article published in Economic & Political Weekly that reveals the deadly impact of the air quality for 660 million residents in India, and outlines government policies that could help to reduce pollution and increase life expectancy. The findings of the study are explored in this vox.com article.