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

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Changing One's Mind?

Updating of Beliefs among Rural Indian Women

How do people reassess their beliefs in the light of new information? Do people follow the Bayesian rule of utility maximisation? Or are there other aspects that people take into account when updating their beliefs? In order to better understand this process, experiments were conducted amongst rural women in Uttar Pradesh. The results and questions this study throws up are discussed here.

This article would not have been possible without the input of Ashwini Deshpande. We are grateful to the field staff, supervisors and assistants: Uday Raj Anand, Sahib Singh Tulsi, Sukriti Verma, Meghna Bohidar, Surjeet Singh, Anupam Chatterjee and the team at ARF, Sakshi Bhardwaj and Vinitha Rachel Varghese. We also acknowledge the useful input and feedback from the team at Development Alternatives, Delhi. This project has been funded by the Social Science Research Council of Canada. Any errors and omissions remaining are our own.

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