Research

RESEARCH STATEMENT

PUBLICATIONS

[1] Kumar S, Vollmer S. (2012)  Does Access to Improved Sanitation Reduce Childhood Diarrhea in Rural India? Health Economics, doi: 10.1002/hec.2809.  

[2] Kumar S,  Calvo R, Avendon M, Sivaramakrishnan K, Berkman LF. (2012)  Social support, volunteering and health around the world: Cross-national evidence from 139 countries. Social Science and Medicine; 74(5):696-706.  Press release   Media   HSPH press release

[3] Anekwe T, Kumar S. (2012) The Effect of a Vaccination Program on Child Anthropometry: Evidence from India's Universal Immunization Program,  Journal of Public Health, 34(4):489-97

[4] Calvo R, Zheng Y, Kumar S, Ogliati A, Berkman LF. (2012) Well-Being and Social Capital on Planet Earth: Cross-National Evidence from 142 Countries, PLoS ONE 7(8): e42793. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042793

[5] Association of Iodized Salt Usage with Malnutrition among Young Children in India, (Forthcoming, Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health.)

[6] Travel Time to Maternity Care and its Effect on Utilization in Rural Ghana: A Multilevel Analysis (2013), with Sam Masters et al.;
Social Science and Medicine, Vol 93, pp. 147–154)

[7] Supply-side barriers to maternity-care in India: a facility-based analysis (2014), with Emily Dansereau, PLoS ONE, 9(8): e103927. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.010392

[8]  Does distance matter for institutional delivery in rural India? (2014), with Emily Dansereau and Chris Murray, Applied Economics, 46(33), pp. 4091-4103.     


COMPLETED PAPERS

[10] Childhood Immunization, Mortality, and Human Capital Accumulation: A Natural Experiment (Revision requested, Journal of Human Resources);                                             *PDF*
                                                                               
[11] Is Electrification Welfare Improving?: Non-Experimental Evidence from Rural Bhutan, with Ganesh Rauniyar (ADB)  (
Revision requested, JDEff);                                             *PDF*

[12] 
Fertility and Birth Spacing Consequences of Childhood Immunization Program: Evidence from India                                                                                                              *PDF*

[13] Preference for Boys, Family Size, and Educational Attainment in India, (joint with Adriana Kugler). NBER Working Paper 21138; CEPR DP10607, 2015.    

[14] Does Consuming More Calories Make You Earn More? Nutrition-Productivity Link Revisited in India, (joint with Kaushalendra Kumar, Ashish Singh, Faujdar Ram, Abhishek Singh)

[15] E.ffect of Linear Growth and Weight Gain on Academic Achievements in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam: A Quantile Regression Approach(joint with Kaushalendra Kumar, Ashish Singh, Faujdar Ram, Abhishek Singh)


WORK-IN-PROGRESS

 
[16] Connectivity and Rural Development: Examining India's Rural Road Building Scheme, with Abhijit Banerjee (MIT) and Rohini Pande (Harvard)

[17] Randomized Evaluation of SHG model of Microfinance: Evidence from India, with Dean Karlan (Yale) and Mir Salim (U of Virginia), funded by AusAID

[18] Improving Health through Electrification? Evidence from Rural Bhutan, with Ganesh Rauniyar (ADB)

[19] Building Road to Development in Albania: Difference-in-Differences Matching Evidence - Baseline survey complete (Mar 2012)

[20] Early Fertility, Family Size, and Female Schooling: Micro-evidence from a Developing Country, with Edward Hoang (Univ of Colorado)

[21] Mobility and Trade: Evidence from India, with Adriana Kugler (Georgetown University) and Petia Topalova (IMF)