Arindam Nandi


Arindam Nandi is a fellow at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy (CDDEP), having joined as a post-doctoral scholar in 2010. He is also a visiting scholar at the Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi. His primary research interests are health economics, development economics, and public health. His current research involves estimating the long term effects of early childhood factors on cognitive, educational, and labor market outcomes in developing country settings. In collaboration with the Public Health Foundation of India, he is also conducting a five-year experimental study of the impact of physical activity on adolescent health, cognitive, and personality development outcomes. He is jointly leading another field study on the cost of delivering routine vaccination in India. His recent research has evaluated the economic benefits of various health interventions and policies in India, and the political economy of gender, particularly sex-selective abortions, in India and the US.

In the past, he has worked with the World Bank on poverty reduction and economic management in India, and with the newly founded University of California Global Health Institute. Arindam received his Ph.D. in Economics from University of California, Riverside.

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9 Mar 2016
Does India’s Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), which provides daily supplemental nutrition and an array of services such as immunization and health checkups to pregnant women and...
11 Nov 2015

Among rural Indian households who currently do not have access to (or those who do not access) neonatal care, what are the health and economic benefits of scaling up access to a package of home-...

6 Nov 2015

What are some of the unintended consequences of India’s Safe Motherhood Scheme (JSY), one of the largest conditional cash transfer programs for pregnant women in the world? How has the program...

1 Oct 2015

What existing evidence exists regarding the impact of Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY)—a government-run health insurance program for the poor in India? How reliable is the existing...

2 Dec 2014

Do sex-selective abortion bans in Illinois and Pennsylvania have any association with changes in sex ratios for Asian newborn children?

4 Dec 2014

What is the cost-effectiveness of policies that expand the use of aspirin, injection streptokinase, beta-blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, and statins for in India for treatment...

The Unintended Effects of a Ban on Sex-Selective Abortion on Infant Mortality: Evidence from India
4 Nov 2014

What effects has the 1996 Pre-Natal Diagnostics Techniques Act—a ban on sex-selective abortion in India—had on reducing gender imbalance in the country? Has the law affected post-natal...

10 Aug 2014

How would increasing immunization coverage and introducing a rotavirus vaccine affect the disease and financial burden of vaccine-preventable illnesses in India?

4 Nov 2014

What is the economic contribution of the bidi industry on on the Indian economy?

10 Apr 2014

Objectives: To estimate the epidemiological and financial benefits and the distributional consequences of policy interventions for coronary heart disease (CHD) and secondary...