Research / BFI Working PaperJul 27, 2021

All-Cause Mortality During SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic in India: Nationally-Representative Estimates Independent of Official Death Registry

Sabareesh Ramachandran, Anup Malani

We estimate excess deaths in India during the COVID pandemic using monthly deaths in the sample of a privately-conducted, nationally-representative, large, panel data set. The data set includes roughly 174,000 households (1.2 million members) and spans January 2015 – June 2021. We estimate COVID is associated with 3.36 million (95% CI: 2.08-4.63 million) excess deaths, a 17.3% increase in the all-cause death rate, until April 2021. Excess deaths spike during the peaks of the 2 infection waves in India. The second wave is associated with significantly more excess deaths than the first. The age-pattern of deaths is skewed towards the elderly relative to baseline. 

More Research From These Scholars

BFI Working Paper Dec 17, 2021

Inequality in India Declined during COVID

Arpit Gupta, Anup Malani, Bartosz Woda
Topics:  COVID-19, Economic Mobility & Poverty
BFI Working Paper Jan 21, 2022

Vaccine Allocation Priorities Using Disease Surveillance and Economic Data

Anup Malani, Satej Soman, Sabareesh Ramachandran, Alice Chen, Darius Lakdawalla
Topics:  COVID-19, Health care
BFI Working Paper Dec 17, 2021

Effect of Health Insurance in India: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Anup Malani, Phoebe Holtzman, Kosuke Imai, Cynthia Kinnan, Morgen Miller, Shailender Swaminathan, Alessandra Voena, Bartosz Woda, Gabriella Conti
Topics:  Health care