Thanks so much to Payal for sharing Nilanjana Sen's new article at Fair Observer about caste & sanitation in India. It talks about how India's history and continuing practice of untouchability makes the adoption of simple latrines a unique challenge. ...Read More..
Village sanitation and child health: Effects and external validity in a randomized field experiment in rural India|Jeffrey Hammer and Dean Spears
This paper by Jeffrey and Dean reports a cluster randomized controlled trial of a village sanitation intervention conducted in rural Maharashtra, designed to identify an effect of village sanitation on average child height. The paper got published on 20th April,...Read More..
- Topics: Sanitation
Waterlines recently published Dean, Diane and my paper on the relationship between social fragmentation in villages and the persistence of open defecation in India. We use quantitative data to show the correlation between perceptions of village conflict, both general and...Read More..
Dean gave an interview to Pragya Singh, reporter with Outlook Magazine. The interview is based on Dean's recently published commentary in Economic and Political Weekly 'Caste and Life Satisfaction in Rural North India'. Read the full interview here....Read More..
Do read Nikhil's article on poor public health services in Uttar Pradesh and the struggle of three newborns against neglect in public health facilities, poverty, and disease. This is the first part of a two-part piece. The second part will...Read More..
Neonatal mortality is the number of babies, per 1000 live births, that die in the first 28 days of life. Postneonatal mortality is the number of babies, per 1000 live births, that die between 29 days and a year. Infant mortality...Read More..
Using government data, policy brief by Accountability Initiative reports on trends for SBM Gramin along parameters such as allocations and expenditures, physical progress of toilets built, expenditures incurred under Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities. The report shows that construction...Read More..
This week, Dean came to Penn's Population Studies Center present his & Mike Geruso's "Neighourhood Sanitation and Infant Mortality" paper. I don't have a photo of Dean presenting, but I did click a photo of him, in the PSC lab, doing two...Read More..
The Global Health Frontiers series on sanitation talks about the effect of poor sanitation on physical and cognitive development of an individual. The film has featured an interview with our MD, Sangita Vyas and Research and Policy Manager, Nikhil Srivastav....Read More..
- Topics: Social inequalities
Dean's new paper on 'Caste and Life Satisfaction' got published in Economic and Political Weekly this week. The paper shows one of the evidence on relevance of caste in North India. Dean has used SQUAT data to show relationship of...Read More..
Rahul Jacob wrote a piece today in the Business Standard, highlighting r.i.c.e.’s research and calling on the government to convince people to use latrines if the SBM is to have any impact on public health, rather than simply meeting latrine...Read More..
Two pieces of news today. First, a new paper in PNAS by Francis Dennig, Mark Budolfson, Marc Fleurbaey, Asher Siebert, and Robert H. Socolow: Inequality, climate impacts on the future poor, and carbon prices. It is available for free at...Read More..
Angus Deaton's Nobel lecture is Tuesday. You can watch it online here, at the Nobel prize website. The lecture is at 1:30 pm Central European Time. To make life easier on everyone in r.i.c.e., that's: 6:00 pm here in India,...Read More..
- Topics: Environment
Today the Indian Express published my op-ed: Question from a future India. The question I imagine is from the future Indians who will be so profoundly impacted by the decisions at this week's climate summit in Paris: who was politically...Read More..
Dean and Nicholas's new paper in Economics and Human Biology studies the effect of early life health and adult wages for men in India. Read the full paper here....Read More..
This week, Economic and Political Weekly published my review of Joshua Greene's book Moral Tribes. The review begins by considering the arguments Greene makes for the implications of moral psychology for ethics: perhaps many of our ethical intuitions are as...Read More..