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Suffering in Silence

The presence of status quo bias and information asymmetry in the market of menstrual products as deterrents for urban, educated menstruating women to protect their health and the environment is examined. The lack of change in consumer behaviour towards menstrual products by those who have the means to afford biodegradable and safer menstrual products and adequate level of education to understand the imperative for using them is analysed. By doing this, the study examines imminent policy adjustments that are needed to promote the purchase of biodegradable and safe menstrual products in the menstrual hygiene market.

The Hope and the Dilemma of the Urban Poor

A common view about economically weaker sections and lower-income groups in India is that they live in slums because they cannot afford to buy or rent decent accommodation in the formal market. However, some can pay a monthly rent and/or for the services such as garbage disposal and water, but they, and others who can afford to buy, are deterred by institutional constraints. Many slum households face a dilemma: opting for better and more secure living conditions would mean losing some of the advantages of living in a slum and the possibility of a free home.
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