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Property rights, intersectionality, and women’s empowerment in Nepal

In this paper, we explore how different norms around property rights affect the empowerment of women of different social positions over the life cycle. We first review the conceptual foundations of property, empowerment, and intersectionality, and…

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Improving the equity and effectiveness of Nepal’s fertilizer subsidy program

This paper examines the fertilizer subsidy program in Nepal from two different angles, both important for policy makers in the country. First, it analyzes who is benefiting from the program, and second, it examines how farmers rank the importance of…

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Drought-tolerant rice, weather index insurance, and comprehensive risk management for smallholders: Evidence from a multiyear field experiment in India

This paper provides some of the first empirical evidence on farmers’ demand for two drought risk–management products: a recently released DT rice cultivar and a more comprehensive DT-WII risk–management bundle. The paper makes several noteworthy…

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The evolution of tractorization in India’s low-wage economy: Key patterns and implications

This study reviews the evolution of tractor use in India in the past few decades, and supplements this with a panel model analysis using factors associated with state-level tractor density growth. Growth in tractor use in India, unlike that in the…

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Household food expenditure, dietary diversity, and child nutrition in Nepal

Using data from the 1995–1996 and 2010–2011 rounds of the Nepal Living Standards Survey, we study the empirical connections between household food expenditure and nutrition outcomes of children below the age of five years using multilevel and…

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Food expenditure patterns and dietary diversity in Nepal: Is dietary quality improving?

The paper measures dietary diversity among different income groups in Nepal and identifies the drivers of this diversity as a first step toward addressing the widespread prevalence of nutrient deficiency. The level of diversity in household diets is…

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