Adukia's research focuses on understanding factors that motivate and shape behavior, preferences, attitudes, and educational decision-making, with a particular focus on early-life influences. Overarching themes in Adukia's writings include understanding how the provision of basic needs—such as safety, health, justice, and representation—can increase school participation and improve child outcomes in developing contexts. Adukia serves on the board of the Association for Education Finance and Policy and the editorial boards of Education Finance and Policy and Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness.
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Explores whether the absence of school-sanitation infrastructure impedes educational attainment, particularly among pubescent-age girls, using a national Indian school latrine-construction initiative and administrative school-level data. Mentions how school-latrine construction substantially increases enrollment of pubescent-age girls, though predominately when providing sex-specific latrines.
Impacts on Education from Employment Guarantees using large-scale administrative data and household survey data, I estimate precise spillover impacts on education that reject substantive declines in children’s education from the rollout of India’s employment-guarantee program (MGNREGA). Mentions these negative spillovers are inexpensive to counteract, and small compared to immediate effects of MGNREGA on rural employment and poverty alleviation.
Examines the impacts on educational choices of 115,000 new roads built under India’s flagship road construction program. Finds that children stay in school longer and perform better on standardized exams. Mentions treatment heterogeneity supports predictions of a standard human capital investment model: enrollment increases are largest where nearby labor markets offer the highest returns to education.