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Tackling Child Malnutrition through Economics

Reunion Weekend 2012

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Child undernutrition in developing countries is a serious issue with complex challenges. Through novel field experiments, we can begin to understand what works to reduce malnutrition and save precious lives. Prakarsh Singh, assistant professor of economics, will present the latest results from his research on providing incentives to public sector child-care workers and information to mothers in urban slums and rural areas in India to measure the health impact in more than 10,000 children. This talk will shed light on a cost-effective solution that uses economics to influence public health policy in India. It will also delve into how field experiments can be designed to inform public policy.