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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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Sense and Solidarity: Jholawala Economics for Everyone -- just launched!

By Diane Coffey, on September 22nd, 2017

Congratulations to Jean Drèze on the launch of his new book, Sense and Solidarity: Jholawala Economics for Everyone.  The book was just launched in a lovely outdoor ceremony in Ranikhet, Uttarkhand.  You can read about on the Black Swan publishingRead More..

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Guest post: Air, health, and coal in India

By admin, on September 13th, 2017

This blog post was written by Sapna Gopal and was originally published at India Climate Dialogue: If India reduced its air pollution to comply with the air quality standard of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Indians could live about fourRead More..

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What fraction of sexual violence in India is within marriages?: Media coverage of research by Aashish Gupta

By Dean Spears, on September 5th, 2017

In most countries around the world, marital rape may be prosecuted (see box 11 on page 113 of this UN report).  But in India, marital rape is not classified as a crime.  Recently the Government of India filed an affidavitRead More..

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Three recent reviews of Where India Goes

By Diane Coffey, on August 29th, 2017

We were very happy to find three reviews of Where India Goes in various corners of the internet and we wanted to share them with you! The first is by Raghunath Nageswaran at Youth ki Awaas.  It provides a greatRead More..

Research

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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..

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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..