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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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When Baby, our research assistant, stopped by around lunch time today, she looked tired. I told her to sit and rest, and that I would finish making lunch. Not one to sit still for too long, she offered to help,...Read More..

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Check out two recent posts on the Ideas for India blog! Dean proposes that the "height gap" between Indian and African children may be due to a "toilet gap," that is relatively poor sanitation coverage in India, and Diane writes...Read More..

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The sanitaiton and stunting international decomposition paper has been released as a World Bank Policy Research Working Paper, and Dean has written a guest blog post about it at Development Impact: The toilet gap: How much of differences across developing...Read More..

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We've just added two new working papers to rice's research tab. The first, by Diane Coffey, Reetika Khera, and Dean Spears, "Women's status and children's height in India: Evidence from joint rural households" examines joint rural households in India to...Read More..

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Lawrence Haddad of the Institute of Development Studies has been kind enough to review rice's recent paper on the international link between sanitation and stunting on his blog Development Horizons. He makes several interesting points, including, quite correctly, that the...Read More..

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Hello! I'm writing from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where we are one day into an exciting workshop organized by the Gates Foundation about learning from monitoring and evaluation of sanitation projects. I'll write more about that tomorrow, after a day of...Read More..

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The community-led total sanitation website at the Institute of Development Studies has recently posted a four-page research brief summarizing rice's findings on the importance of open defecation for children's height and stunting. You can read it online at: http://www.communityledtotalsanitation.org/resource/sanitation-and-stunting-how-much-international-variation-child-height-can-open-defecation hat...Read More..

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Thanks to Jenny Lah for sharing this article on early life health in India by Simon Denyer of the Washington Post. The graphic that accompanies the story is especially well done. Thanks Jenny!...Read More..

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Much of my work these days has been about the importance of sanitaiton for children's health and growth into tall, smart adults. This is especially important in India, where over half of housholds do not use toilets or latrines. The...Read More..

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Sometimes, when people think of how to address poor health in India, they think of expanding access to health care. But, as this new study published in Health Affairs recently by Jishnu Das, Alaka Holla, Veena Das, Manoj Mohanan, Diana...Read More..

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