Mahesh Karra, Assistant Professor of Global Development Policy at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and Associate Director of the Human Capital Initiative at the School’s Global Development Policy Center (GDP Center), spoke recently to Scientific American about a recent study that suggests children in rural areas now grow slightly taller than children in urban areas….
“We argue that our indicator of unmet need is preferable to existing population-level indicators due to its independence from biases that are generated from the use of reported preference measures, the simplicity with which it can be derived, and its relevance for cross-country comparisons as well as context-specific analyses.”
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Professor Karra presented findings from two field experiments he has conducted over several years in Malawi to measure the impacts of family planning on contraceptive use, fertility health, and longer-term well-being.
Professor Karra and his coauthors show that exposure to the intervention increased the intervention group’s control over birth spacing and postpartum fertility, which in turn may contribute to women’s longer-term health and well-being.
Professors Brulé and Karra share their thoughts on the impacts COVID-19 has had on global health and gender inequality and offer predictions for the future.
In two new GDP Center policy briefs, Professor Karra explores issues surrounding family planning services and women’s contraceptive preferences in Malawi as well as the multiple barriers maternal health services there face.
“Under Karra’s methodology, measures of unmet need among different populations of women are on average five to six percentage points higher than the standard measures of unmet need that are currently used by the DHS.”
Karra presented on research exploring topics such as “User-Centered Counseling in Contraceptive Decision-making” and “The Association Between Age, COVID-19 Symptoms, and Social Distancing Behavior in the United States.”
Professor Karra’s research aims to determine how a tailored, preference-driven approach to family planning counseling and the involvement of male partners may contribute to shaping women’s contraceptive preferences and choices.
“If the delivery of routine maternal and child health care is disrupted…many women and children will die. The longer coverage gaps persist, the more lives will be lost even after the COVID-19 pandemic ends.”
Professor Karra’s new research explores how effective user-centered counselling approaches may be to help women in Malawi make informed decisions when considering contraceptive method.
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Professor Karra’s research aims to identify strategies for delivering reproductive health services through social networks in low-income settings in India.
Professor Karra joins the journal, which publishes public health, social science, and biomedical research with a primary focus on developing countries.
Prof. Karra’s research analyzes how inter‐generational power dynamics within rural Indian households affect women’s network formation.
Two of Professor Karra’s papers were featured in JMIR Research Protocols and the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society.
Prof. Mahesh Karra’s featured forthcoming research explores the role of mothers-in-law in India.
Through the Max Planck Sabbatical Award, Professor Mahesh Karra plans to be at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research during his sabbatical in 2021.