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Shareen Joshi, Georgetown University

Just Water? Environmental Jurisprudence, Water Quality and Infant Mortality in India
When Feb 13, 2023
from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM
Where In-person
Contact Name
Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation

Toxic ambient water can be deadly, particularly in developing countries where pollution levels are high. We explore the impacts of judicial policies on surface water quality in India. We compile court cases, judges’ cases histories, river pollution and child mortality at the district level. Leveraging random judge assignment, we estimate the effect of “green” verdicts on district-level pollution in India. We find that rulings precipitated immediate reductions in surface water pollution, particularly in the Ganga River basin. Effects are confined to the year of the ruling and not persistent. We also find limited impacts on neonatal and infant mortality.

About the Speaker

Shareen Joshi is an Associate Professor of International Development at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Her research focuses on issues of inequality, human capital investment and grassroots collective action in South Asia. Her work has been published in the fields of development economics, population studies, environmental studies and gender studies. She holds a PhD in Economics from Yale University.

NOTE the time for this Seminar will be held from 11:15 am. - 12:15 p.m. and not at the regularly schedule time of noon.

Seminar Format

Location IN PERSON: 1101 Morrill Hall.  We are requesting advanced registration so that we can track capacity.  Please use this link to RSVP.

Location ONLINE VIA ZOOM: The Zoom Registration Link. Upon registration you will receive an automatically generated email with the direct link for the seminar.

COVID-19 Information

MPRC public events for Spring 2023 will be a mix of in person and online via Zoom.  For in person events, all event attendees must follow current protocols

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