Dean Spears is a PhD candidate in economics at Princeton University. His research mainly focuses on children’s health in developing countries, with a recent focus on sanitation in India, but Dean has also done research on decision making by and about poor people. Along with two other graduate students, Dean started rice (www.riceinstitute.org), a research non-profit that studies ways to improve children’s health in India. His research has been published in economics journals and reported on in The New York Times, NPR, The New Republic, Voice of America radio, and other newspapers. Dean splits his time among Princeton, NJ; Delhi; and Sitapur, a rural district of Uttar Pradesh, India.
May 08, 2012 / Dean Spears
whenever I talk in the U.S. about my work, somebody always suggests that I might make people more comfortable if I didn’t talk so much about “open defecation.”
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