• Still Waters Run Deep: Groundwater Arsenic Contamination &
    Education Outcomes in India

    • Speaker: Rashmi Barua, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    • Date: Thursday, June 20th, 2019
    • Time: 11:30 AM to 1 PM.
    • Venue: Seminar Room 1
    • Abstract

      While the effect of health on education is well documented in
      the literature, little is known about the effect of drinking
      contaminated water on children’s cognitive skills and school
      absenteeism. We study the effect of arsenic in groundwater on education
      outcomes among children in districts across India. Using IHDS (2011-12)
      data and an instrumental variable framework that exploits variation in
      soil textures across districts in India, we find that arsenic exposure
      beyond the threshold level (10ug/l) is negatively associated with school
      attendance and mathematics scores.

      We substantiate our results with a primary survey conducted among 3rd,
      5th and 8th graders across all government schools in one of the most
      arsenic affected blocks of India in the state of Assam. Using exogenous
      variation in the geographical coverage and timing of construction of
      government water supply schemes, we find that children exposed to
      contaminated drinking water for more number of years have lower test
      scores and higher school absenteeism. They are also more likely to
      repeat grade. Our results are robust to inclusion of grade, school and
      habitation fixed effects as well as a host of individual and family
      background characteristics.

  • Inter-Regional Coal Mine Competition in the US: Evidence from Rail Restrictions
    • Speaker: Kanishka Kacker, Indian Statistical Institute – Delhi Centre
    • Date: Friday, June 21st, 2019
    • Time: 11:30 AM to 1 PM.
    • Venue: Seminar Room 1
    • Abstract

      There has been much discussion recently in the U.S. press
      about the fate of coal mining and its employees, specifically in the
      Appalachian region. This analysis looks at how Appalachian coal mining
      responds to changes in coal production from the Western US, whose mines
      are generally on federal land. Specifically we look at how an unexpected
      reduction in the ability to move coal from Wyoming to Eastern power
      plants in 2005-06 impacted the rate of opening and closure of mines in
      Appalachia. The findings reveal that restrictions in coal from federal
      lands leads to a reduction in the rate of Appalachian coal mine closure,
      no impact on the rate of coal mine openings and an increase in the
      number of employees in Appalachian coal mines. The results imply
      inter-regional coal mine substitution possibilities and shed light on
      the tradeoffs inherent in policies that impact production in one region.

  • TBA
    • Speaker: Dinko Dimitrov, Saarland University, Germany
    • Date: Friday, October 4th, 2019
    • Time: 11:30 AM to 1 PM.
    • Venue: Seminar Room 2
    • Abstract
  • TBA
    • Speaker: Sujata Visaria, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    • Date: Friday, October 11th, 2019
    • Time: 11:30 AM to 1 PM.
    • Venue: Seminar Room 2
    • Abstract