"The Long Road to Health: Healthcare Utilization Impacts of a Road Pavement Policy in Rural India"

Faculty Seminar Series

Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:45 PM - 02:00 PM
Room 1D63



Shilpa Aggarwal, Assistant Professor at Indian School of Business

Moderator: Jose Asturias, Georgetown University in Qatar

Time: 12:45 - 2:00 pm
Location: Room 1D63



Despite demand-stimulation efforts, coverage rates of many essential health services remain low in developing countries, suggesting that there may be binding supply constraints, such as poor access. This paper utilizes quasi-random variations in road pavement intensity to study the impact of improved access on adoption of reproductive health services. I find that road construction led to higher rates of institutional antenatal-care and deliveries, which translated into better medical care and vaccination coverage. Most gains accrue from repeat visits by existing patients, and some from new entrants into the formal health sector. Evidence suggests that beneficiaries travel farther to see better providers.

About the Speaker

Shilpa Aggrawal is Assistant Professor at the Indian School of Business. Her area of research is in development economics where she has studied the effects of transportation infrastructure and microfinance on developing economies. She received her PhD in Economics from U.C. Santa Cruz in 2014.