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Louis Boorstin

Board Member

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Louis is senior advisor to the Osprey Foundation and a consultant on effective approaches to international development and impact investing.  Louis founded and led the water, sanitation and hygiene program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from 2005 to 2013.  Prior to that, he worked for 15 years at International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group, where he led the environmental finance team from 1997 to 2004.  Louis holds a BA in economics from Yale University and an MBA and MA from Stanford University.  He also sits on the board of Sanergy.

 

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Rukmini S: Why Swachh Bharat Abhiyan matters for India’s children

By Dean Spears, on December 7th, 2018

Rukmini's article, published  yesterday in LiveMint, contains some of the best data visualizations that I have seen from the NFHS-4.  She also achieves the reasonable but rare step of emphasizing that many issues simultaneously are important: height among Indian childrenRead More..

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Two photo essays that explain the broken market of faecal sludge management

By Nikhil Srivastav, on December 1st, 2018

On World Toilet Day, the India Water Portal published two photo essays by Prof. Sharad Prasad and Prof Isha Ray. Prasad and Ray in their photo essays –Where there are no sewers: The Toilet Cleaners of Lucknow and When the pit fills up: ARead More..

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Social progress and social inequality: Measurements and assessments are needed... and possible

By Dean Spears, on November 3rd, 2018

One of r.i.c.e’s recent projects is SARI: a phone survey for Social Attitudes Research in India. A series of papers and other writings by Diane, Amit, Payal, Nazar, Nidhi, and the SARI team have shown that it is possible toRead More..

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Check out our new paper on experiences and perceptions of discrimination

By Diane Coffey, on October 25th, 2018

This week, a new paper by the SARI team came out in the Economic & Political Weekly.  Here's the abstract: Through the use of new survey data, the experiences and perceptions of discrimination among Dalits and Muslims have been quantified.Read More..

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Experiences and Perceptions of Discrimination among Dalits and Muslims

By Payal Hathi, on October 25th, 2018

Through the use of new survey data, the experiences and perceptions of discrimination among Dalits and Muslims have been quantified. One important result is that many respondents report experiencing discrimination at school and in interactions with government officials. These resultsRead More..

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Child height in India: Facts and Interpretations from the NFHS-4, 2015-16

By Diane Coffey, on August 7th, 2018

An analysis of child height-for-age using the newly released data from the National Family Health Survey-4 indicates that the average child height increased by about four-tenths of a height-for-age standard deviation between 2005 and 2015. Although important, this increase isRead More..

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Willingness to sacrifice for climate mitigation in representative samples of Indian adults.

By Dean Spears, on August 2nd, 2018

Under review.Read More..

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Can more education reduce opposition to intermarriage? Comparing India and the US

By Payal Hathi, on August 2nd, 2018

Intermarriage between races or castes is often used as a measure of average, population-level social tolerance.  It is commonly assumed that increases in education will make a society more tolerant.  General Social Survey (GSS) data between 1990 and 2016 showRead More..