Tuesday, August 21, 2012

24 August 2012: India's Total Sanitation Campaign: Two Randomized Experiments and Some Observations

Dean Spears
Princeton University

Open defecation in India presents a profound threat to health and human capital accumulation. Recent analyses of observational data suggest that, on average, India’s Total Sanitation Campaign has had a positive effect on infant mortality and human capital. What do randomized experimental data show? This talk will review earlier evidence and present new preliminary results from two randomized studies. The first is a trial of a TSC-like intervention in Maharashtra: the sanitation intervention caused children under five to grow taller, an outcome that is consistent with what is known about the lasting effects of early life disease. The second studies randomized reservation of village chair positions in Rajasthan: villages assigned to a Scheduled Caste sarpanch are less likely to win a prize for being open defecation free, even though they build as many latrines as other villages, on average. The talk will conclude with some observations from recent qualitative fieldwork and suggestions for policy.

Date: August 24, 2012
Time: 01:00 P.M.

Second Floor Conference Room
The World Bank,
70 Lodi Estate,
New Delhi-110003(INDIA)


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Please confirm your attendance by email to Jyoti Sriram at
jsriram@worldbank.org by Thursday, August 23rd.

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