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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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Measuring open defecation in India using survey questions: evidence from a randomized survey experiment published in BMJ Open

By Nazar Khalid, on October 10th, 2019

BMJ Open published "Measuring open defecation in India using survey questions: evidence from a randomized survey experiment"  co-authored by  Sangita, Nikhil, Dean and Diane (with Divya Mary, Neeta Goel, Sujatha Srinivasan, Ajaykumar Tannirkulam and Radu Ban). Reducing open defecation inRead More..

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Alex Tabarrok reviews AIR: Pollution, Climate Change and India’s Choice Between Policy and Pretense

By Nazar Khalid, on September 19th, 2019

 Alex Tabarrok, a professor of economics at the George Mason University, recently reviewed Dean’s latest book Air: Pollution, Climate Change and India's Choice Between Policy and Pretence on his blog Marginal Revolution. He lauds Dean’s efforts in ‘accurately explain[g] academicRead More..

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Dean's new book 'AIR' reviewed in Hindustan Times

By Nazar Khalid, on September 10th, 2019

Hindustan Times recently published a review of Dean's new book AIR: Pollution, Climate Change and India's Choice Between Policy and Pretense by Sudhirendar Sharma.  Some excerpts from the review: "Air provides a nuanced understanding on air pollution and the country’s deepRead More..

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"Cooking with gas, not wood." Read Sangita and Aashish's piece in The Hindu

By Nazar Khalid, on August 28th, 2019

Sangita and Aashish's article addresses some popular myths around the use of traditional chulha (earthen/brick stove) and why there is a reluctance to switch over to LPG stoves. This reluctance is observed even when LPG stove protects from several harmfulRead More..

Research

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Measuring open defecation in India using survey questions: Evidence from a randomized survey experiment

By Sangita Vyas, on September 28th, 2019

Objectives: To investigate differences in reported open defecation between a question about latrine use or open defecation for every household member and a household-level question. Setting: Rural India is home to most of the world’s open defecation. India’s Demographic 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 cohort fixed effects, exposure to a median-sized coal plant at birth is associated with a height deficit of 0.09-0.10 standard deviations.Read More..