Prakash’s Work on Bikes Garners Attention

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Joint Hire in Human Rights and Economics, Professor Nishith Prakash’s research on the importance of access to bikes to transport young girls to school in India. International Growth Centre researchers Karthik Muralidharan (University of California, San Diego) and Nishith Prakash found that in the northern Indian state of Bihar giving every 14-year-old schoolgirl the money to buy a bike helped to raise school enrollment by around 30%.

This research has recently been cited or discussed at length by the World Bank, The Economist, The Atlantic, and the International Growth Centre. Two youtube videos are available below that further describe the project.

Moving Up A Gear: Can a free bike help a girl’s education in northern India?

Video Update on the project: Moving Up A Gear: Update


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Indian schoolgirls ride bicycles, received under a Bihar state government program, on the outskirts of Patna, India. (Prashant Ravi/Reuters)