ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Mobile Phones for Maternal Health in Rural Bihar

Health programmes that are using mobile phones to improve maternal health in rural India are examined. Presented by its promoters as a universal, accessible and “smart” empowering technology, how mobile devices transform gender inequalities on the ground is analysed. By using empirical data collected on a global mHealth programme deployed in Bihar, how mHealth devices negate the multifactorial dimension of gender and health inequalities is explained, and also how these devices can reinforce inequalities on the ground is examined.

NSSO 71st Round

A comment on the article "Falling Sick, Paying the Price: NSS 71st Round on Morbidity and Costs of Healthcare" (EPW, 15 August 2015) which suggests that the National Sample Survey Offi ce's 71st round on social consumption of health can be read differently.

3G Spectrum Auctions in India: A Critical Appraisal

That auction should be a preferred route to allocate scarce resources such as spectrum is conditional upon getting the auction design right. We analyse the auction design employed in the spectrum allocation for third generation and broadband wireless access services, assessing its success on the parameters of revenue realisation, efficiency, post-auction market structure, and impact on consumers. While the auction has been successful in mobilising revenue for the government, and has created little adverse impact for the consumers by maintaining the level of competitiveness in the mobile services market, these gains seem to have been offset by the loss in efficiency as well as a higher complexity of bidding strategies. In making the Lowest Accepted Bid a preferred pricing rule, the government accorded primacy to revenue realisation over maximising allocational efficiencies. Thus we propose alternative design elements which would have served the stated objective of enhancing allocational efficiencies better.
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