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For the past seven years I have lived away from my parents, and visited them during vacations or work trips to Delhi. Seven years ago, I moved to Chennai to study, and for the last two years, I was working...Read More..

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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..

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Alive or thrive?

By Diane Coffey, on August 14th, 2013
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I’ve borrowed the title of this post from the Gates Foundation’s infant and child feeding programs in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Vietnam. I think it is an apt title for thinking about kids growing up in resource poor settings. Two babies...Read More..

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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..

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 livemint.com. They...Read More..

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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