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Michael Geruso
University of Texas, Austin

Michael Geruso is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University and, prior to joining Texas, was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy at Harvard University. Mike serves on the board of the Research Institute for Compassionate Economics ( His research includes analysis of US health insurance markets and the impacts of sanitation on health.

Articles By Michael Geruso
What the Muslim mortality paradox reveals about importance of sanitation for all children in India
Posted On: 18 Aug 2014

Topics:   Health

It has long been noted that in India, Hindu children face substantially higher mortality rates than Muslim children, despite being relatively richer on average. This column shows that differences in latrine use by religion can fully explain this pattern. This phenomenon sheds new light on how the open defecation practices of a household can influence the health of its neighbours.
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