Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development, and the Costs of Caste
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Riddick Hall Room 451
The Global WaSH Faculty Cluster, the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering present an Environmental Water Resources and Coastal Engineering Seminar: Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development, and the Costs of Caste, by Dr. Dean Spears.
Dr. Dean Spears is the co-executive director at the Research Institute for Compassionate Economics and an assistant professor of economics at UT Austin. He is an economic demographer and development economist. Dr. Spears studies health, growth, survival of children, particularly in India; pollution, climate change, the environment, and population dynamics of social development.
He will discuss ideas from his book Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development, and the Costs of Caste, which shows that open defecation in India is not an effect of poverty, but a direct result of the caste system.