8:30 pm IST - 10:00 pm IST

Past Event

Tiffin Talks @ Brookings India | Drivers and consequences of women’s aspirations in rural India

Thursday, February 15, 2018

8:30 pm - 10:00 pm IST

Brookings India
Kamalnayan Bajaj Conference Room

No. 6, Second Floor, Dr. Jose P. Rizal Marg
New Delhi

Content from the Brookings Institution India Center is now archived. After seven years of an impactful partnership, as of September 11, 2020, Brookings India is now the Centre for Social and Economic Progress, an independent public policy institution based in India.

Senior journalist Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar, academic Neeraj Kaushal and Brookings India Research Director Shamika Ravi
Kalyani Raghunathan from IFPRI presents her findings on Drivers and Consequences of Women’s Aspirations in Rural India

This Brown Bag at Brookings India presentation examined the drivers of the aspirations of rural women around income, asset ownership, social status and the education of their children. Using data from five states in Northern India, the study explored what role the average levels of outcomes in geographical and caste-based reference groups have to play in the formation of aspirations. It then investigated how the gaps between current and aspired-to status influence individual investments in financial, social status-related, and educational dimensions.

Speaker profile: Kalyani Raghunathan earned her Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University in May, 2015, and a Master’s in Quantitative Economics from the Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi, in May, 2010. Her research interests lie in the evaluation of social protection schemes. Currently she is involved in evaluating the impacts of agriculture-nutrition programmes delivered through the women’s self-help group platform, and of smaller-scale cash transfer schemes in India.