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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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Aashish's research on solid fuel use, gender, and adult respiratory health published in Population & Environment

By Nazar Khalid, on August 22nd, 2019

Population and Environment recently published Aashish's new research titled "Where there is smoke: Solid Fuel externalities, gender, and adult respiratory health in India." This paper studies the determination of respiratory health in India using data on lung obstruction from theRead More..

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Promoting the use of simple pit latrines in rural India: Findings from Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka and Odisha

By Nazar Khalid, on August 21st, 2019

For the past three years, r.i.c.e. has been collaborating with 3ie on supporting projects that are testing different strategies for promoting the use of simple pit latrines in rural India. Four teams, comprised of researchers and implementation agencies, came upRead More..

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Sangita awarded Parker Frisbie Publication Award for her paper on coal and child height.

By Nazar Khalid, on July 25th, 2019

Sangita is among the two winners of the Parker Frisbie Publications Award for this year.  The award committee had following to say about her paper: "Her impressive paper, “The child health impacts of coal: evidence from India’s coal expansion,” examinesRead More..

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New SARI datasets!

By Diane Coffey, on July 18th, 2019

I am so pleased to announce the release of three new SARI datasets from Maharasthra, Jharkhand, and Bihar! You can download the data here after entering your name, email address, and occupation. Please join me in congratulating Payal, Nazar, andRead More..

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

By Aashish Gupta, on August 20th, 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..

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The association of early-life exposure to ambient PM2.5 and later-childhood height-for-age in India: an observational study

By Sangita Vyas, on July 25th, 2019

This paper by Dean and Sangita (co-authored with Sagnik Dey, Sourangshu Choundary, Noah Scovronick and Joshua Apte) is the first study to directly estimate the impact of early-life exposure to ambient fine particulate matter (PM2.5) on child height-for-age at theRead More..

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The child health impacts of coal: evidence from India's coal expansion

By Sangita Vyas, on July 21st, 2019

This paper investigates the child health impacts associated with a large coal plant expansion in India. Using place and time fixed effects, exposure to a median-sized coal plant at birth is associated with a height deficit of 0.09 standard deviations.Read More..

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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..