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Jishnu Das

Senior Economist

JISHNU DAS is a Senior Economist in the Development Research Group (Human Development and Public Services Team) at The World Bank and a Visiting Scholar at The Center for Policy Research, New Delhi. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Economics in 2001. Since joining the World Bank, Jishnu has worked on issues related to the delivery of basic services, particularly health and education. His work draws upon data collected in Zambia (education), India (health and education), Pakistan (education) and Paraguay (health).

 

His recent research focuses on the quality of health care ( Journal of Economic Perspectives, Health Affairs and the Journal of Development Economics); correlates of mental health (World Bank Economic Review, forthcoming and Social Science and Medicine ); the link between teacher absenteeism and student test-scores (Journal of Human Resources ); and the structure of educational provision in Pakistan (Comparative Education Review). In 2006, his work on religious education in Pakistan received the George Bereday Award from the Comparative and International Education Society. He also works on natural disasters in the context of an earthquake that hit Northern India and Pakistan in October 2005. He co-founded the website www.risepak.com to help coordinate relief in the aftermath of the quake. The website was awarded the Stockholm Challenge Award (2006) for the best ICT project in the public administration category.

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Conducting ethical economic research: complications from the field (English)

This essay discusses practical issues confronted when conducting surveys as well as designing appropriate field trials. First, it looks at the challenge of ensuring transparency while maintaining confidentiality. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6446 MAY 01, 2013

Alderman, Harold; Das, Jishnu; Rao, Vijayendra

The impact of recall periods on reported morbidity and health seeking behavior (English)

Between 2000 and 2002, the authors followed 1621 individuals in Delhi, India using a combination of weekly and monthly-recall health questionnaires. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5778 AUG 01, 2011

Hammer, Jeffrey; Sanchez-Paramo, Carolina; Das, Jishnu

Students today, teachers tomorrow ? identifying constraints on the provision of Education (English)

With an estimated 115 million children not attending primary school in the developing world, increasing access to education is critical. Resource constraints limit the effectiveness of demand-based subsidies. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5674 JUN 01, 2011

Das, Jishnu; Andrabi, Tahir; Khwaja, Asim Ijaz

Perspectives on poverty in India : stylized facts from survey data (Vol. 1 of 2) : Main report (English)

This report's objective is to develop the evidence base for policy making in relation to poverty reduction. It produces a diagnosis of the broad nature of the poverty problem and its trends in India, focusing on both consumption poverty and human development outcomes. ... See More +

Publication 57428 APR 13, 2011

Dubey, Amaresh; Pigato, Miria; Jaison, Shiny; Das, Maitreyi; Yoshida, Nobuo; Datt, Gaurav; May, Ernesto; Deaton, Angus; Das, Jishnu; Ravallion, Martin; Hall, Gillett; Kapur, Davesh; Dercon, Stefan; Kapoor, Soumya; Crost, Benjamin; Himanshu; Zagha, N. Roberto; Krutikova, Sonya; de Janvry, Alain; Vishwanath, Tara; Lanjouw, Peter; Soni, Rita; Dutta, Puja Vasudeva; Rascon, Ericka; Sriram, Jyoti; Sadoulet, Elisabeth; Witsoe, Jeffrey; Murgai, Rinku; Joddar, Pinaki; Nikitin, Denis

School inputs, household substitution, and test scores (English)

Empirical studies of the relationship between school inputs and test scores typically do not account for the fact that households will respond to changes in school inputs. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5629 APR 01, 2011

Muralidharan, Karthik; Das, Jishnu; Dercon, Stefan; Krishnan, Pramila; Habyarimana, James; Sundararaman, Venkatesh

A practical comparison of the bivariate probit and linear IV estimators (English)

This paper presents asymptotic theory and Monte-Carlo simulations comparing maximum-likelihood bivariate probit and linear instrumental variables estimators of treatment effects in models with a binary endogenous treatment and binary outcome. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5601 MAR 01, 2011

Das, Jishnu; Lokshin, Michael; Chiburis, Richard C.

Perspectives on poverty in India : stylized facts from survey data (Vol. 2 of 2) : Overview (English)

This report's objective is to develop the evidence base for policy making in relation to poverty reduction. It produces a diagnosis of the broad nature of the poverty problem and its trends in India, focusing on both consumption poverty and human development outcomes. ... See More +

Publication 57428 JAN 01, 2011

Dubey, Amaresh; Pigato, Miria; Jaison, Shiny; Das, Maitreyi; Yoshida, Nobuo; Datt, Gaurav; May, Ernesto; Deaton, Angus; Das, Jishnu; Ravallion, Martin; Hall, Gillett; Kapur, Davesh; Dercon, Stefan; Kapoor, Soumya; Crost, Benjamin; Himanshu; Zagha, N. Roberto; Krutikova, Sonya; de Janvry, Alain; Vishwanath, Tara; Lanjouw, Peter; Soni, Rita; Dutta, Puja Vasudeva; Rascon, Ericka; Sriram, Jyoti; Sadoulet, Elisabeth; Witsoe, Jeffrey; Murgai, Rinku; Joddar, Pinaki; Nikitin, Denis

In aid we trust : hearts and minds and the pakistan earthquake of 2005 : In aid we trust : hearts and minds and the Pakistan earthquake of 2005 (English)

Winning "hearts and minds" in the Muslim world is an explicitly acknowledged aim of U.S. foreign policy and increasingly, bilateral foreign aid is recognized as a vehicle towards this end. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5440 OCT 01, 2010

Das, Jishnu; Andrabi, Tahir

U.S. and them : the geography of academic : U.S. and them : the geography of academic research (English)

Using a database of 76,046 empirical economics papers published between 1985 and 2004 in the top 202 economics journals, the authors report two associations. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5152 DEC 01, 2009

Srinivasan, Sowmya; Das, Jishnu; Do, Quy-Toan; Shaines, Karen

What did you do all day ? maternal education and child outcomes (English)

Female education levels are very low in many developing countries. Does maternal education have a causal impact on children's educational outcomes even at these very low levels of education? ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5143 NOV 01, 2009

Das, Jishnu; Andrabi, Tahir; Khwaja, Asim Ijaz

Do value-added estimates add value ? accounting for learning dynamics (English)

Evaluations of educational programs commonly assume that what children learn persists over time. The authors compare learning in Pakistani public and private schools using dynamic panel methods that account for three key empirical challenges to widely used value-added models: imperfect persistence, unobserved student heterogeneity, and measurement error. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5066 SEP 01, 2009

Zajonc, Tristan; Das, Jishnu; Andrabi, Tahir; Khwaja, Asim Ijaz

Mental health patterns and consequences : results from survey data in five developing countries (English)

The social and economic consequences of poor mental health in the developing world are presumed to be significant, yet remain under researched. ... See More +

Journal Article 77611 FEB 01, 2009

Das, Jishnu; Quy-Toan Do; Friedman, Jed; McKenzie, David

The World Bank economic review 23 (1) (English)

This issue includes the following: Decentralizing Eligibility for a Federal Antipoverty Program: a case study for China, by Martin Ravallion; mental health pattern and consequences: results from survey data in five developing countries, by Jishnu Das, Quy-Toan Do, Jed Friedman, and David McKenzie; psychological health before, during, and after an economic crisis: results from Indonesia, 1993-2000, by Jed Friedman and Duncan Thomas; infrastructure and public utilities privatization in developing countries, by Emnanuelle Auriol and Pierre M. ... See More +

Publication 64745 JAN 01, 2009

Auriol, Emmanuelle; Holland, Márcio; Ravallion, Martin; Das, Jishnu; McKenzie, David; Budina, Nina; Oostendorp, Remco H.; Do, Quy-Toan; Picard, Pierre M.; Bacha, Edmar L.; Gonçalves, Fernando M.; van Wijnbergen, Sweder; Friedman, Jed; Thomas, Duncan

India shining and Bharat drowning: comparing two Indian states to the worldwide distribution in mathematics achievement (English)

This paper uses student answers to publicly released questions from an international testing agency together with statistical methods from Item Response Theory to place secondary students from two Indian states -Orissa and Rajasthan -on a worldwide distribution of mathematics achievement. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4644 JUN 01, 2008

Zajonc, Tristan; Das, Jishnu

The quality of medical advice in low-income countries (English)

This paper provides an overview of recent work on quality measurement of medical care and its correlates in four low and middle-income countries-India, Indonesia, Tanzania, and Paraguay. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4501 JAN 01, 2008

Leonard, Kenneth; Das, Jishnu; Hammer, Jeffrey

Mental health patterns and consequences : results from survey data in five developing countries (Vol. 1of 1) (English)

The social and economic consequences of poor mental health in the developing world are presumed to be significant, yet are largely under-researched. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4495 JAN 01, 2008

Das, Jishnu; McKenzie,David; Do, Quy-Toan; Friedman, Jed

Pakistan - Learning and Educational Achievements in Punjab Schools (LEAPS) : insights to inform the education policy debate (English)

This report shares the findings of first round of the Learning and Educational Achievement in Punjab Schools (LEAPS) survey carried out in all the public and private schools offering primary level education in 112 villages of the province. ... See More +

Other Education Study 43750 JAN 01, 2008

Zajonc, Tristan; Das, Jishnu; Andrabi, Tahir; Khwaja, Asim Ijaz; Vishwanath, Tara

Are you being served? : New tools for measuring services delivery (English)

This volume provides an overview of a range of tools for measuring service delivery and offers valuable lessons on the opportunities and constraints practitioners face in measuring performance. ... See More +

Publication 42482 DEC 28, 2007

Das, Jishnu; Amin, Samia; Goldstein, Markus

Patient satisfaction, doctor effort, and interview location : evidence from Paraguay (English)

To examine the relationship between patient satisfaction and doctor performance, the authors observed 2,271 interactions between 292 doctors and their patients in 98 clinics and hospitals in Paraguay and conducted an exit-survey with the same patients as they left the clinic. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4086 DEC 01, 2006

Das, Jishnu; Sohnesen, Thomas Pave

A dime a day : the possibilities and limits of private schooling in Pakistan (English)

This paper looks at the private schooling sector in Pakistan, a country that is seriously behind schedule in achieving the Millennium Development Goals. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4066 NOV 01, 2006

Das, Jishnu; Andrabi, Tahir; Khwaja, Asim Ijaz

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Conducting ethical economic research: complications from the field (English)
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MAY 01, 2013 WPS6446 Policy Research Working Paper
The impact of recall periods on reported morbidity and health seeking behavior (English)
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AUG 01, 2011 WPS5778 Policy Research Working Paper
Students today, teachers tomorrow ? identifying constraints on the provision of Education (English)
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JUN 01, 2011 WPS5674 Policy Research Working Paper
Perspectives on poverty in India : stylized facts from survey data (Vol. 1 of 2) : Main report (English)
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APR 13, 2011 57428 Publication
School inputs, household substitution, and test scores (English)
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APR 01, 2011 WPS5629 Policy Research Working Paper
A practical comparison of the bivariate probit and linear IV estimators (English)
See More +
MAR 01, 2011 WPS5601 Policy Research Working Paper
Perspectives on poverty in India : stylized facts from survey data (Vol. 2 of 2) : Overview (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2011 57428 Publication
In aid we trust : hearts and minds and the pakistan earthquake of 2005 : In aid we trust : hearts and minds and the Pakistan earthquake of 2005 (English)
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OCT 01, 2010 WPS5440 Policy Research Working Paper
U.S. and them : the geography of academic : U.S. and them : the geography of academic research (English)
See More +
DEC 01, 2009 WPS5152 Policy Research Working Paper
What did you do all day ? maternal education and child outcomes (English)
See More +
NOV 01, 2009 WPS5143 Policy Research Working Paper
Do value-added estimates add value ? accounting for learning dynamics (English)
See More +
SEP 01, 2009 WPS5066 Policy Research Working Paper
Mental health patterns and consequences : results from survey data in five developing countries (English)
See More +
FEB 01, 2009 77611 Journal Article
The World Bank economic review 23 (1) (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2009 64745 Publication
India shining and Bharat drowning: comparing two Indian states to the worldwide distribution in mathematics achievement (English)
See More +
JUN 01, 2008 WPS4644 Policy Research Working Paper
The quality of medical advice in low-income countries (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2008 WPS4501 Policy Research Working Paper
Mental health patterns and consequences : results from survey data in five developing countries (Vol. 1of 1) (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2008 WPS4495 Policy Research Working Paper
Pakistan - Learning and Educational Achievements in Punjab Schools (LEAPS) : insights to inform the education policy debate (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2008 43750 Other Education Study
Are you being served? : New tools for measuring services delivery (English)
See More +
DEC 28, 2007 42482 Publication
Patient satisfaction, doctor effort, and interview location : evidence from Paraguay (English)
See More +
DEC 01, 2006 WPS4086 Policy Research Working Paper
A dime a day : the possibilities and limits of private schooling in Pakistan (English)
See More +
NOV 01, 2006 WPS4066 Policy Research Working Paper