Debiasing Law Enforcement Officers: Evidence from an Expressive Arts Intervention in India

This project aims to study the impact of policing programs instituted to improve policing quality on the prevention of gender-based violence (GBV) in Bihar.

The means to prevent gender-based violence (GBV) and address institutional service-delivery related to GBV is not well understood. This project aims to study one potential solution to address GBV in India – the role of policing quality. The goal of the project is to showcase the effect of a novel policing program in the Indian state of Bihar where the government led a training program for police officers on legal information as well as imparted soft and technical skills regarding the handling of GBV crimes. The policy is innovative and the first micro-level program of its kind in the state. It reflects the urgent need to improve policing for GBV through improved service-delivery to victims and by raising awareness and sensitivity about these forms of crime.

Thematic Area

Institutions and Society

Project Leads

Nishith Prakash (University of Connecticut), Sofia Amaral (Ifo University), Girija Borker (World Bank), Nathan Fiala (University of Connecticut), Helmut Rainer (Ifo Institute), and Maria Micaela Sviatschi (Princeton University)


Bihar Police