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Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMI)

Wulung Anggara Hanandita


Essays on Poverty and Health in Indonesia


This research project aims to document the consequences of poverty on health in Indonesia using large, nationally representative datasets. Both physical and mental health outcomes, self-report and objective alike, are examined.

The project takes an interdisciplinary approach to quantitative social sciences: when causal effect is sought, econometric methods are used, but when spatial variation matters the most, multilevel models that are popular in the field of social epidemiology are applied.

In addition to understanding the health effect of poverty, this research project finally aims to extend the measurement of multidimensional poverty index (MPI) in Indonesia by conducting a decade long time-series cross-sectional analysis.


Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) +3 Studentship


  • Tampubolon, G. and Hanandita, W. "Poverty and mental health in Indonesia." Social Science & Medicine (2014) . eScholarID:217966. DOI:10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.01.012
  • Hanandita, Wulung, and Tampubolon, Gindo. "Does poverty reduce mental health? An instrumental variable analysis." Social Science & Medicine (2014). eScholarID:224725. DOI:10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.05.005
  • Tampubolon, Gindo, and Hanandita, Wulung. "Rejoinder to Lund: plan and action in mental health research and policy in low and middle-income countries." Social Science & Medicine (2014). eScholarID:228256. DOI:10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.07.002

Papers under preparation

  • Double burden of malnutrition in Indonesia: Social determinants and geographical variations 
  • Does reporting behaviour bias the measurement of social inequalities in self-rated health in Indonesia?

Conference contributions

  • Using weather variability to identify the effect of poverty on mental health in Indonesia. The 2nd UK Causal Inference Meeting. University of Cambridge, 28-29 April 2014.