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Business Standard has published another op-ed, this one focused on incentive compatible policy solutions for open defecation: Getting what you pay for. We typically write here about open defecation in India, but it's important to be aware of suffering in...Read More..

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Electricity in the news!

By Dean Spears, on August 1st, 2012

I'm sure you've all been reading about the enormous power outage. Hundreds of millions of people rich enough to have electricity at all, but not so rich as to have their own generators (which is, in fact, interestingly common) lost...Read More..

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Today Business Standard -- which calls itself India's leading business newspaper, something like an Indian Wall Street Journal -- published an op-ed about sanitation in India and the TSC. It's nice to see a financial newspaper taking the opportunity to...Read More..

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Four cheers for the NFHS-IV

By on July 30th, 2012
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Great news in today's Times of India: the NFHS -- India's version of the internationally standardized Demographic and Health Surveys -- is coming back from the near-dead four a fourth round (National health survey not nixed). This is the most...Read More..

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Infant mortality

By Diane Coffey, on July 29th, 2012

This was a tough week. When I left Sitapur in the last days of March, I said good-bye to 21 women who I had been visiting weekly throughout February and March. Three were pregnant, and 18 had little babies, all...Read More..

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Drought and Desperation in Bihar

By Avinash Kishore, on July 13th, 2012
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Bihar is in the throes of a severe drought again—the third time in last four years, and so far, the shortfall in rains is worse this year than it was in 2009 and 2010. Rainfall is below normal in 36...Read More..

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Thanks to new friends at LBSNAA

By Dean Spears, on July 13th, 2012

Yesterday I had the fun opportunity to present my sanitation research at LBSNAA, the training institute for Indian Administrative Service officers. We met with the 2010 class, almost finished with their two years of training. These folks will go on...Read More..

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On the topic of tablets…

By Diane Coffey, on July 13th, 2012
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...a friend of mine, Anirvan Chowdhury, who works with Accountability Initiative in Delhi, sent this link which is related to Avinash's last post. Thanks, Anirvan! http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/Pruned-mid-day-meal-scheme-for-students-is-egg-on-states-face/articleshow/14827670.cms...Read More..

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The Tablet Populism

By Avinash Kishore, on July 12th, 2012
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There is a new wave of populism in South Asia—of giving free laptops or tablets to students. Government of Punjab in Pakistan was probably the first to launch a scheme to gift free Dell laptops to 110,000 meritorious college students...Read More..

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I just added three new papers to our research. Two are about sanitation in India, in preparation for NCAER's upcoming India Policy Forum, where I will talk about the Total Sanitation Campaign. One, "Sanitation and open defecation explain international variation...Read More..

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I just read a brand-new and very interesting paper by Janet Currie, Wanchuan Lin and Wei Zhang, entitled, “Patient Knowledge and Antibiotic Abuse: Evidence from an Audit Study in China.” The authors find that antibiotics are very often prescribed when...Read More..

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Poop for sale

By Dean Spears, on June 9th, 2012

Diane and I are glad to be back in India – where it is hot – and Avinash will be joining us in just a few days. I started the week in Seattle seeing old friends and making new friends...Read More..

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I just wanted to share a new working paper that is posted under the rice research tab called "Early life mortality, income and adult height in India." Here's the abstract to whet your appetite: Recent research on the relationship between...Read More..

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Congratulations Dr. Kishore!

By Diane Coffey, on May 29th, 2012
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About half an hour ago, RICE India Director Avinash Kishore became Dr. Avinash Kishore. Avinash defended his dissertation with flying colors. Notice the big purple book of Stata and the Dale Jorgenson compendium:...Read More..

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There are so many ways in which the deck is stacked against poor babies in India. A few days ago, Jo, one of our board members, sent me the HUNGaMA Survey Report from 2011. HUNGaMA is a survey of about...Read More..

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A tussle for job cards

By Avinash Kishore, on May 18th, 2012

Two weeks ago I wrote how denying job cards seems to be one of the ways used to deny employment guarantee under NREGA. Legally, a job card has to be issued to anyone who applies for it within 15 days...Read More..

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