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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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On drones and defecation

By admin, on November 19th, 2017

Hat tip to r.i.c.e. board member Avinash Kishore for noticing this article in the Hindustan Times: "In Telangana’s Karimnagar, police deploy drone to stop open defecation." Two quotations from the article: "Ironically, almost all the houses in these colonies haveRead More..

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Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma reviewed Where India Goes in today's Hindustan Times

By admin, on November 10th, 2017

You can read the whole review at this link.  Here is a quotation: "Researchers Diane Coffey and Dean Spears have written a book that is important, timely, and easy to read. It argues that caste is the biggest stumbling blockRead More..

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Bezwada Wilson on caste, manual scavenging, and the Swachh Bharat Mission

By Aashish Gupta, on October 31st, 2017

If there is one thing you will read today, let it be this interview of Bezwada Wilson by Vidya Subrahmaniam of The Hindu Center in The Wire. Bezwada Wilson and Vidya Subrahmaniam  discuss some of rice's sanitation research, but moreRead More..

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New open access paper with Aashish Gupta in JEEM

By Dean Spears, on October 23rd, 2017

My paper with Aashish, "Health externalities of India's expansion of coal plants: Evidence from a national panel of 40,000 households," is now available open access at JEEM at this link.  Here's the abstract: Coal power generation is expanding rapidly inRead More..

Research

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Explicit prejudice: Evidence from a new survey

By Diane Coffey, on November 21st, 2017

This article reports on a new survey of social attitudes and behaviors. We use representative phone survey methods to study explicit prejudice against women and Dalits in Delhi, Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan. We document widespread prejudice in several domainsRead More..

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Switching to sanitation: Understanding latrine adoption in a representative panel of rural Indian households

By Diane Coffey, on June 25th, 2017

Open defecation, which is still practiced by about a billion people worldwide, is one of the most examples of how place influences health in developing countries. Because of the negative healthy externalities of open defecation, eliminating it is a priorityRead More..

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Understanding open defecation in rural India: Untouchability, pollution, and latrine pits

By Aashish Gupta, on January 7th, 2017

Open defecation in rural India presents a puzzle: India has far higher open defecation rates than other developing regions where people are poorer, literacy rates are lower, and water is more scarce.  Because open defecation has terrible consequences for health,Read More..

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Intergenerational effects of women's status: Evidence from child height in joint Indian households

By Diane Coffey, on December 19th, 2016

The hypothesis that a woman's social status has intergenerational effects on the human capital of her children has featured prominently in development policy and social science. Our paper is the first to econometrically identify such an effect. We exploit anRead More..