Sisir Debnath

Assistant Professor, Economics and Public Policy, ISB.

Can IT Solve the Healthcare Information Dilemma?

Information asymmetry is unequal access to information for decision-making parties. This situation occurs frequently in healthcare markets. One possible way out of this conundrum would be to use technology to address informational dilemmas, say Dibya Mishra and Professor Sisir Debnath. Information technology (IT) is reinventing healthcare markets. In India, ventures such as Practo and 2nd.MD inform consumers about the quality of …

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Do Electronic Voting Machines Work for Indian Voters?

Professor Sisir Debnath and co-authors find that electronic voting machines protect democracies from electoral fraud. An unexpected benefit is that the provision of a key public good, electricity, improves measurably. The integrity of electronic voting machines (EVMs) is a controversial topic. News reports continue to debate the relative costs and benefits of EVMs and paper ballots. According to a 2017 Economic …

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Improving Maternal and Infant Healthcare Utilisation: Does Conditional Cash Incentive Work?

The success of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) schemes for healthcare utilisation is as much dependent on uniform incentivisation of beneficiaries and service intermediaries, as it is on the ability of the beneficiaries to utilise the scheme itself, reveals an assessment of CCT programmes by Professor Sisir Debnath of the Indian School of Business. In 2010 one-fifth of the 287,000 maternal deaths worldwide …

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