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Even in Green Park

By , 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..

Article on height in the Hindu

By , on August 28th, 2013

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 , 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 , 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..


Neat undergrad thesis on sanitation programs

By , on August 20th, 2013

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..


EPW Discussion on Child Malnutrition

By , on August 18th, 2013

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 , 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..

Check out Sangita's op-ed today on live mint about last week's conference and the growing consensus in the evidence for the importance of sanitation for child height: "building consensus on building latrines." [caption id="attachment_855" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Photo from They...Read More..


Here at rice, we write and talk much more about rural sanitation than we do about urban sanitation. This is partially because we know more about and have been more exposed to poor people’s lives in rural India; is partially...Read More..


What women “know” about infant feeding

By , on August 7th, 2013

In the end of July, I spent some time in Sitapur following up with the moms and babies who I started visiting in winter, 2011. One of the most interesting visits was to Ria, a woman whose baby from the...Read More..


Many scholars from various disciplines presented converging evidence of the key role of open defecation in explaining child stunting in India at a conference at DSE on August 2nd and 3rd. See slides from conference presentations and more pictures of...Read More..

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