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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.

 

Blog

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Dean talks to the Institute of Development Studies on what motivated 'Where India Goes?'

By Nazar Khalid, on April 15th, 2018

In this short interview, Dean talks to the IDS about what motivated him and Diane to write their book “Where India Goes: Abandoned toilets, stunted development, and the cost of caste.” While the book addresses the puzzle of widespread openRead More..

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Neighborhood sanitation graph is AEA's chart of the week

By admin, on April 9th, 2018

The American Economic Association is featuring a graph from Mike and Dean's paper "Neighborhood Sanitation and Infant Mortality" as their chart of the week: see it here!Read More..

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"Policy advice is not just a question of evidence and values, it also requires thinking politically."

By Dean Spears, on March 30th, 2018

Ashok Kotwal interviews Jean Drèze in Ideas for India.Read More..

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r.i.c.e. research in Scroll article on support for breastfeeding

By admin, on March 28th, 2018

Earlier this month, Scroll published this article calling for more support for women to help them successfully breastfeed their babies.   This support includes not only compensation and time off of work, but also assistance in order to get adequate nutritionRead More..

Research

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Outdoor air pollution in rural India

By Sangita Vyas, on April 2nd, 2018

Exposure to air pollution has important consequences for public health. In January 2017, we visited Reusa, a block in Uttar Pradesh, to investigate pollution-generating activities and the policies that aim to mitigate them in rural areas. We found many sources ofRead More..

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Open defecation in rural India, 2015-2016: Levels and trends in the NFHS-4

By Dean Spears, on January 28th, 2018

The Government of India’s NFHS-4 offers the best new data on open defecation in rural India to be released in over a decade. Although open defecation has become less common than it was ten years ago, it is still highlyRead More..

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Explicit Prejudice: Evidence from a New Survey

By Diane Coffey, on January 15th, 2018

This paper uses data from the newly done phone survey by r.i.c.e. called Social Attitudes Research, India (SARI). It studies explicit prejudice against women and Dalits in Delhi, Mumbai, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. We find high levels of explicit prejudiceRead More..

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Social disadvantage and mental health: A developing country perspective

By Aashish Gupta, on January 2nd, 2018

Studies from the United States document important racial gaps in health. In developing societies, research on social disadvantage and health is more limited. Mental health, in particular, is poorly understood relative to its disease burden. Our study contributes the firstRead More..