[Ideas of India] Karan Babbar on Access to Reproductive Health

Karan Babbar on Access to Reproductive Health 02/12/21 by Mercatus Center at George Mason University

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This episode is the eighth in a miniseries of weekly short episodes featuring young scholars entering the academic job market who discuss their latest research. In this episode, Shruti and Karan Babbar talk about his job market paper, “COVID-19 and Period Products Usage Among Menstruating Women in Urban and Rural India.” They discuss access to feminine hygiene products, effects of the pandemic on women’s health, how reproductive knowledge is transmitted, and much more. Babbar is a Ph.D. scholar at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. His research interests include education, public health, gender and intersectionality.

Follow Karan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KaranBabbar19

Follow Shruti on Twitter: https://twitter.com/srajagopalan

For a full transcript of this conversation with helpful links, visit DiscourseMagazine.com.

Listen Date: January 2022


  • I listened to this episode thinking that Karan Babbar seemed like an absolutely sweet fellow – but as soon as I was done listening I forgot all about the methodology he used and no longer have any idea about it. So it goes.
  • Looking at the transcript – he compared Home Ministry data on red zones, green zones, etc vs a CMIE database on sale (or production?) of period products and saw a fourfold dip. But the episode doesn’t go into the methodology. Which is okay, I suppose. I don’t think a podcast would have gotten the method across in any case.
  • Overall, it seems like his paper states the obvious, but does it with hard numbers, which is nice.

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