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Title: Infrastructure provision, gender, and poverty in Indian slums
Authors: Parikh, Priti
Fu, Kun
Parikh, Himanshu
McRobie, Allan
George, Gerard
Keywords: India
Slums
Infrastructure
Gender
Poverty
Health
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: PARIKH, P. ... et al, 2014. Infrastructure provision, gender, and poverty in Indian slums. World Development, 66, pp. 468-486.
Abstract: We examine the relationship between infrastructure provision and poverty alleviation by analyzing 500 interviews conducted in serviced and non-serviced slums in India. Using a mixed-method approach of qualitative analysis and regression modeling, we find that infrastructure was associated with a 66% increase in education among females. Service provision increased literacy by 62%, enhanced income by 36%, and reduced health costs by 26%. Evidence suggests that a gender-sensitive consideration of infrastructure is necessary and that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach will not suffice. We provide evidence that infrastructure investment is critical for well-being of slum dwellers and women in particular.
Description: This paper was accepted for publication in the journal World Development and the definitive published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2014.09.014.
Sponsor: Priti Parikh would like to thank Newnham College, Cambridge and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council for funding her doctorate which forms the basis of this paper. Gerry George gratefully acknowledges the support of the Professorial Fellowship of the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (RES-051-27-0321).
Version: Submitted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2014.09.014
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/23033
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2014.09.014
ISSN: 0305-750X
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