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Infrastructure Provision, Gender, and Poverty in Indian Slums

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  • Parikh, Priti
  • Fu, Kun
  • Parikh, Himanshu
  • McRobie, Allan
  • George, Gerard
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    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.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

    Volume (Year): 66 (2015)
    Issue (Month): C ()
    Pages: 468-486

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:66:y:2015:i:c:p:468-486
    DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2014.09.014
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