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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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Paper on child height published in EPW

By Diane Coffey, on August 7th, 2018

Please check out the Research page to read Dean and my new paper on child height using the NFHS-4 data.  It was just published in the journal Economic & Political Weekly on August 4th.  We discuss the improvements in childRead More..

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Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen releases a commendable ad to promote twin pit latrines!

By Nazar Khalid, on July 2nd, 2018

The Swacch Bharat Mission Grameen recently launched an advertisement campaign video with Hindi movie stars Bhumi Pednekar and Akshay Kumar. In the video the actors educate viewers about how twin pit latrines work. The ad also teaches viewers how theRead More..

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Hunger and health: Royal Economic Society video highlights prize-winning r.i.c.e. research

By Nazar Khalid, on May 30th, 2018

In last few decades, India has seen a declining household per capita average calorie consumption. This throws a puzzle, as over the same time people in India have gotten richer. Dean and Josephine investigate how India’s improving disease environment canRead More..

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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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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..

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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..