Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Geetika Nagpal

PhD Candidate in Economics
Summer Fellow 2020
Project Title: Impacts of Sewer Provision and the Last Mile Problem

Governments in developing countries tend to invest millions in providing water and sewage infrastructure in a quest to improve the pathogenic environment faced by children under five, who are at the greatest risk for diarrheal disease. However, there exists little evidence on the impact of this infrastructure provision on health and economic outcomes in a developing country context. This project seeks to identify the effects of the provision of these public services, in particular on sanitary levels and the health outcomes of children and adults. An extension of the project would seek to examine the issue of imperfect take-up, or the “last mile” problem in the provision of these services.