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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts


Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP)

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William Ascher

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This thesis examines how women’s empowerment can be wielded to improve familial health. In rural India, incidence of respiratory illness is high, partially due to frequent exposure to particulate and harmful chemicals from inadequate cooking fuels and stoves. Rural Indian’s are also exposed to biological risks from improper sanitation, with women exposed to an added layer of danger of harassment and assault. Linear regression models are fitted to identify the predicted incidence of respiratory illness (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Asthma) using various fiscal, developmental and health related variables, with the goal of identifying states that are predicted to perform well. These states are then assessed based on their levels of women’s empowerment initiatives, to determine the ways in which empowerment plays a significant role in better familial health outcomes.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.