In an opinion piece for the Hindustan Times, Sonia Bhalotra explains how her research with co-authors T. Baskaran, B. Min, Y. Uppal demonstrates that raising the share of women in India’s state legislative assemblies is likely to lead to higher economic growth.
ISER researchers discuss their work in these blog posts.
There has been a phenomenal global increase in the proportion of women in politics in the last two decades, but there is no evidence of how this influences economic performance. In a blog for the International Growth Centre, Professor Sonia Bhalotra and co-authors investigate this using data on competitive elections to India’s state legislative assemblies.
In principle, leaders can facilitate group coordination towards a common goal but in diverse societies, their effectiveness may depend upon their social identity, and how citizens react to leader identity. Sonia Bhalotra and co-authors Irma Clots-Figueras (Madrid), Lakshmi Iyer (Notre Dame) and Joseph Vecci (Gothenburg) investigate in a blog for Ideas for India.
Gold is a central component of dowries in India. Writing about her new research in The Conversation, Professor Sonia Bhalotra finds that when the cost of gold rises, so does the death rate of baby girls in the first month of life.
In a blog for Global Dev, MiSoC’s Professor Sonia Bhalotra together with Atheendar Venkataramani (Perelman School of Medicine) and Selma Walther (applied microeconomist) investigate whether public investments in reducing child mortality may encourage women into greater economic activity.
Using a quarter of a century’s data from Mexico, ISER’s Professor Sonia Bhalotra and Manuel Fernandez Sierra analyse the impacts of the rising number of women in the labour force on the gender wage gap.
In a column for Ideas for India, Professor Sonia Bhalotra and her colleagues Irma Clots-Figueras of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and Lakshmi Iyer of the University of Notre Dame introduce their new research paper which examines whether the religious identity of legislators influences abortion rates in the districts in which they are elected, conditional upon their party affiliation
In a new discussion paper for the Centre for Economic Policy Research, Professor Sonia Bhalotra and her colleagues Abhishek Chakravarty of the University of Manchester and Selim Gulesci of Bocconi University investigate how the financial burden of dowry expectation contributes to the sex ratio imbalance in India
Professor Sonia Bhalotra investigates how the introduction of ultrasound technology in India has affected how many girls are born there, and their subsequent quality of life
Professor Sonia Bhalotra investigates the impact of low-cost community-based intervention on maternal depression
Our recent research looked at efforts to improve water quality in Mexico in the 1990s and we found this had a very significant impact on mortality rates among children.
Maternal mortality rates need to be reduced by two-thirds over the next 15 years to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. New research by Professor Sonia Bhalotra (University of Essex) and Professor Damian Clarke (University of Santiago de Chile) shows that a focus on girls’ education may be one means of meeting this objective.
Professor Sonia Bhalotra on her new research on women in government in India.
Professor Bhalotra from ISER, Irma Clots-Figueras of Carlos III Madrid and Lakshmi Iyer of Harvard Business School have analyzed role model effects in Indian politics, focusing on competitive elections to state legislative assemblies