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Dean Spears
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dspears@princeton.edu
Dean Spears is a Ph.D. candidate in economics at Princeton University and a visiting researcher at the Delhi School of Economics.  He is a co-founder of rice – online at www.riceinstitute.org – a research organisation based in India and focused on the economics of early life health and human capital accumulation. He splits his time among Princeton, NJ; Delhi; and Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh.
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Articles By Dean Spears
Angus Deaton’s ideas for India
Posted On: 30 Oct 2015


In a tribute to Angus Deaton, the 2015 Nobel laureate in Economics, Diane Coffey and Dean Spears – former graduate students of Prof. Deaton at Princeton University – review some of his work on the well-being of the poor in India, and discuss the paradoxes and puzzles that still remain.
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Left, right, and toilets
Posted On: 19 Aug 2014

Topics:   Health

Eliminating open defecation in India is a policy priority. This column contends that successful strategies for reducing open defecation may not fit policy stereotypes of the left or the right. While rural sanitation policy in states where this practice is most concentrated has been focused on latrine construction, promotion of latrine use is what will make a difference.
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Child stunting and open defecation: How much of the South Asian height “enigma” is a toilet gap?
Posted On: 18 Feb 2013

Topics:   Health

Children in India are shorter on average than children in Sub-Saharan Africa, even though Indians are richer on average. What explains this paradox? This column suggests open defecation as a possible explanation, and recommends that policymakers in India should work towards achieving widespread latrine use.
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