302/2016 Sayantan Ghosal, Smarajit Jana, Anandi Mani, Sandip Mitra and Sanchari Roy
This paper studies the link between self-image and behaviour among those who face stigma due to poverty and social exclusion. Using a randomized ﬁeld experiment with sex workers in Kolkata(India), we examine whether a psychological intervention aimed at mitigating the adverse effects of stigma can induce behaviour change. We ﬁnd significant improvements in participants’ self-image, as well as their savings and preventive health choices. Additionally, changes in savings and health behaviour persist up to ﬁfteen and 21 months later respectively. Our ﬁndings highlight the potential of purely psychological interventions to improve the life choices and outcomes of marginalized groups.
Culture and Development
The Review of Economics and Statistics