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One of India's leading newspapers, The Hindu, today carried a piece called "Unequal status tells on Women's nutrition" discussing findings from Diane, Reetika and Dean's paper, "Women's status and children's height in India: Evidence from joint Rural households". Go read....Read More..

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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..

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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..

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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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Hello. I am Aashish, and I have just started working for rice. I spent the most of May and June being an investigator for the PEEP Survey 2013 in Uttar Pradesh, and this first post for the rice-blog is about...Read More..

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Will data linking open defecation to undernutrition force change? is the title of an article that just came out in the Guardian...check it out!...Read More..

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After a year of preparations, we are very excited to announce a two-day international conference on child height and sanitation at the Delhi School of Economics, starting at 9:00am on Friday, August 2nd. If you are planning to come, please...Read More..

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At rice, one of the threats to human development in India that we emphasize most is the effect of widespread open defecation on children’s growth and development – reflected most readily in height and stunting. The important connection between sanitation...Read More..

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Over medicated and under cared for

By on June 5th, 2013
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We know from work by people like my friend Jeff Hammer, a professor at Princeton, that there is a lot that isn’t working week about public health care in India. (On absenteeism, see here. On performance, see here.) I got...Read More..

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A recent blog post "How toilets are crucial to raising smarter kids in Cambodia" cites some of our work and raises an important question for policy-makers: shouldn't governments that invest in food and nutrition for children protect their investment by...Read More..

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Congratulations Dean & Sangita!

By Diane Coffey, on June 4th, 2013
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Please join me in congratulating Dean and Sangita on their graduations from Princeton's PhD in Economics and from Princeton's MPA in Economics & Public Policy! We are very proud of you!...Read More..

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Paying for what you get in Rwanda

By Dean Spears, on May 20th, 2013
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Developing country governments around the world write lengthy and colorful plans and guidelines and spend much money on programs intended to improve health of poor people living in remote places. Much of this, however, does no good whatsoever. One key...Read More..

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Calling all Connecticut-based rice supporters! J.René Coffee Roasters, at 320 Park Road in West Hartford, CT, will be hosting a conversation about rice and our work with Dean and Diane on May 17th at 7:00 pm. Please come out and...Read More..

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Today, March 15th 2013, would be the 200th birthday of John Snow. A pioneer of careful statistical thinking about health and disease, Snow helped stop a cholera outbreak in London by noticing its waterborne transmission: people who drank water from...Read More..

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Today The Hindu published an opinion article about open defecation, child height, and the policy emergency of Indian sanitation: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/the-long-and-short-of-open-defecation/article4505664.ece...Read More..

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Adventures with Aadhaar

By Diane Coffey, on March 3rd, 2013
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This story started a few weeks back, I went with my research assistant, Baby, to the State Bank of India, in order to enquire what kinds of identification proof she’d need to open a bank account. Being a tall, white,...Read More..

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