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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.




Willingness to sacrifice for Climate mitigation: r.i.c.e's new research now available

By Nazar Khalid, on May 27th, 2019

A new research paper by Diane, Payal and Dean that studies people's willingness to sacrifice to achieve climate mitigation is out now! Using representative data from round 2 of the Social Attitudes Research, India (SARI), this paper finds that peopleRead More..


N-ISSUP publishes a short article on Diane's research on neonatal mortality and facility birth in India

By Nazar Khalid, on May 6th, 2019

N-ISSUP, the online magazine of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, published a short article based on Diane’s paper “The association between neonatal death and facility birth in regions of India” published in the Demographic Research. TheRead More..


The Wire bulletin covers r.i.c.e's research on the solid fuel use and LPG ownership.

By Nazar Khalid, on April 25th, 2019

[embed][/embed] The Wire covered r.i.c.e’s new research on the persistence of solid fuel use despite increases in LPG ownership[report runs from 00 to 4:30 mins]. Here are some points covered in the bulletin: The Pradhanmantri Ujjawal Yojna is often presentedRead More..


Check out our new research study on the persistence of soild fuel use despite increases in LPG ownership!

By Nazar Khalid, on April 11th, 2019

Exposure to air pollution has important consequences for public health. Several studies have held that a major source of air pollution exposure in rural India is the use of solid fuels, such as dung cakes and wood, for cooking andRead More..



Where there is smoke: Solid fuel externalities, gender, and adult respiratory health in India

By Aashish Gupta, on June 1st, 2019

Chronic respiratory conditions are a leading cause of death in the world. Using data on lung obstruction from the WHO Survey of Global AGEing and Adult Health (WHO-SAGE 2007-08), this paper studies the determinants of respiratory health in India, homeRead More..


Willingness to Sacrifice for Climate Mitigation in Representative Samples of Indian Adults

By Diane Coffey, on May 25th, 2019

This paper studies people’s willingness to sacrifice to achieve climate mitigation using a new-survey experiment that is representative of adults in the Indian state of Rajasthan and the city of Mumbai. In contrast to developed countries, few studies investigate climateRead More..


Persistence of solid fuel use despite increases in LPG ownership: New survey evidence from rural north India

By Aashish Gupta, on March 29th, 2019

Solid fuel use is an important contributor to air pollution and disease burden in India. We present survey evidence documenting LPG ownership and cooking fuel use in rural north India. LPG ownership has increased rapidly, substantially driven by the UjjwalaRead More..


Implications of WASH Benefits trials for water and sanitation

By Dean Spears, on February 25th, 2019

This paper argues that while the results of the WASH Benefits trials are important for understanding sanitation intervention and similar programmes, they do not imply that child health would not be improved by a large transition from open defecation to latrineRead More..