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New Paper based on New Data

By Aashish Gupta, on September 17th, 2013

Check out this new paper by Oliver, Dean and Arabinda in PLOS One, based on new data on stunting from the recent Hungama Survey, and sanitation data from the Indian census. The Hindu reported the findings of the paper, too....Read More..

I just posted a preliminary draft of a new working paper that suggests that open defecation is an important cause of anemia, a disease which affects large numbers of children in India, causing cognitive and developmental delays. In case you...Read More..

rice work discussed in TIME magazine!

By r.i.c.e., on September 11th, 2013

Check out this link to a discussion of rice's work on sanitation, stunting, and the height conference in TIME magazine. You can also click on TIME's picture reprinted here for a link to the story.      ...Read More..


A Map of Toilet Coverage in India!

By Sangita Vyas, on September 10th, 2013

Check out this amazing map from the Data Stories blog. It shows toilet coverage by tehsil in 2001 and 2011, from Census data....Read More..

Even in Green Park

By Dean Spears, on September 9th, 2013

Last night Diane and I went walking in Green Park, an upscale neighborhood in south Delhi. In addition to Deer Park, its main market boasts fine dining at Evergreen, A2B, Pizza Hut, Dunkin Donuts, Domino’s, and other restaurants intermingled with...Read More..


Everybody interested in the determinants of population average heights should read this new paper by Timothy Hatton, available here: The message remains clear: population heights are not fixed, immutable essences but reflect environmental, nutritional, and early-life health conditions. When...Read More..


Read "From outlays to outcomes: Understanding the Status of Rural Sanitation Data" here. The new study explores whether the governance and financing structure of the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) enables a more outcomes-focused approach to sanitation. The short answer is...Read More..

Check out this article from the Hindu on height in India. rice research is cited throughout. Here is the cute picture that they published alongside it!    ...Read More..

Our team is always telling me that I have to put more pictures in my blog posts. Unfortunately, in my quick trip to Bangalore last week to meet with Arghyam I didn't actually get to go see any rural latrines,...Read More..


The challenge of behavior change

By Dean Spears, on August 22nd, 2013

Today's blog post is a double-header. First up is a video sent to me by Michael Geruso, a health economics professor at UT Austin and a member of rice's board of directors. It was made by the Rockefeller Foundation around...Read More..



By Sangita Vyas, on August 21st, 2013

Sanitation policy in India has historically focused on the hardware aspect – providing subsidies to build latrines. But as we know, many of the latrines constructed remain unused. Of course the quality of construction of many of these toilets is...Read More..


I just wanted to call your attention to this neat undergrad thesis by Ayodele Oti of the City College of New York on sanitation programs. It is well researched and well written. The big take away for me is just...Read More..


The Ideas for India website just published a version of Sangita's summary of the proceedings of the "International Conference on Child height and stunting: Early-life diseases, water quality and sanitation". See here....Read More..


The Economic and Political Weekly published six articles discussing Arvind Panagaria's claim that Child Malnutrition figures in India are exaggerated. The issue is available here (see discussion section). Don't miss the short article co-authored by Dean and Diane, along with...Read More..


Last night – somewhat against my better judgment as a statistical economist, not a TV star – I accepted Sagarika Ghose’s kind invitation to be on her State of the Nation TV program on CNN-IBN. I was honored to be...Read More..


A Sanitation Project that Worked

By Sangita Vyas, on August 13th, 2013

Sometimes we here at rice get a little depressed about the lack of answers. Today's post is meant to lift our spirits with a success story. The Orangi Pilot Project (OPP), which was started way back in 1981 by Akhtar...Read More..

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