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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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r.i.c.e. at PAA

By Aashish Gupta, on May 2nd, 2017

Diane and I were at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America 2017 in Chicago this week. Diane presented her paper, co-authored with Ashwini Deshpande, Jeff Hammer and Dean, "Local social inequality, economic inequality, and disparities in child height inRead More..

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Nidhi’s article in THE WIRE!

By Nikhil Srivastav, on April 29th, 2017

Reservation in jobs, and in academic institution is seen as one of the most delicate issues being discussed in contemporary India. Our research fellow, Nidhi Khurana, used Social Attitudes Research for India (SARI) data to address several aspects and fallaciesRead More..

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Work with r.i.c.e. and 3ie on a project to learn about latrine use measurement!

By Sangita Vyas, on April 23rd, 2017

We are delighted to announce that we are seeking applications for a team to carry out a new project — in partnership with 3ie and the WASH team at the Gates Foundation — that can help us learn about how toRead More..

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Two r.i.c.e. opeds published in Hindi media!

By admin, on April 12th, 2017

We are very excited to share that Dainik Bhaskar – the most widely-read Hindi newspaper in India – published an article written by Nikhil! And soon after, Satyagrah @Scroll.in published another article! We are on a roll in the HindiRead More..

Research

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

By Diane Coffey, on December 28th, 2016

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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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..

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An Experiment with Air Purifiers in Delhi during Winter 2015-2016

By Sangita Vyas, on December 15th, 2016

Particulate pollution has important consequences for human health, and is an issue of global concern. Outdoor air pollution has become a cause for alarm in India in particular because recent data suggest that ambient pollution levels in Indian cities areRead More..