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Jishnu Das

Lead 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 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.

The author's works below are drawn from the World Bank's institutional archives. You can also view  other documents by this author or his  CV.

World Bank working papers and publications

1 .Delivering education : a pragmatic framework for improving education in low-income countries
2 .Report cards : the impact of providing school and child test scores on educational markets
3 .Conducting ethical economic research: complications from the field
4 .The impact of recall periods on reported morbidity and health seeking behavior
5 .Students today, teachers tomorrow ? identifying constraints on the provision of Education
6 .Main report
7 .School inputs, household substitution, and test scores
8 .A practical comparison of the bivariate probit and linear IV estimators
9 .Overview
10 .In aid we trust : hearts and minds and the Pakistan earthquake of 2005
11 .U.S. and them : the geography of academic research
12 .What did you do all day ? maternal education and child outcomes
13 .Do value-added estimates add value ? accounting for learning dynamics
14 .The World Bank economic review 23 (1)
15 .India shining and Bharat drowning: comparing two Indian states to the worldwide distribution in mathematics achievement
16 .Mental health patterns and consequences : results from survey data in five developing countries
17 .The quality of medical advice in low-income countries
18 .Patient satisfaction, doctor effort, and interview location : evidence from Paraguay
19 .A dime a day : the possibilities and limits of private schooling in Pakistan
20 .Learning levels and gaps in Pakistan
21 .Money for nothing : the dire straits of medical practice in Delhi, India
22 .Teacher shocks and student learning : evidence from Zambia
23 .The World Bank research observer 20 (1)
24 .Religious school enrollment in Pakistan : a look at the data
25 .Which doctor? Combining vignettes and item response to measure doctor quality
26 .Conditional cash transfers and the equity-efficiency debate
27 .Equity in educational expenditures : can government subsidies help?
28 .Strained mercy : The quality of medical care in Delhi
29 .When can school inputs improve test scores?
30 .Short but not sweet - new evidence on short duration morbidities from India

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