Brown Bag Lunch: Using subsidies to encourage adoption and use of hygienic latrines among the poorest in rural Bangladesh

The Brown Bag Lunch is also available via WebEx, please click here to join

(the meeting number is 735 634 627 , password: water14)

Date: November 19, 2014
Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT  
Location: World Bank MC 6-720

Join us as we celebrate World Toilet Day with a ​presentation by ​Raymond Guiteras. He will share research he has done together with James Levinsohn and Mushfiq Mobarak from Yale University into the demand for hygienic latrines in rural Bangladesh among the poorest 40%: marketing, pricing and social interactions. He will discuss their efforts to: estimate the impacts of different interventions to increase investment in hygienic latrines, study the importance of social interactions in household purchase decisions, follow up on interventions designed to promote use and maintenance, explore the local political economy of sanitation intervention and use subsidies to reach the poorest.



Speaker: Raymond Guiteras, Assistant Professor of the University of Maryland

Assistant Professor Raymond Guiteras received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008 and joined the faculty at the University of Maryland in the same year. His research focuses on issues related to the environment and health in developing countries. Recent papers include studies of demand for latrines in rural Bangladesh, demand for and use of clean water and handwashing technologies in urban Bangladesh, and willingness to pay for clean water in Ghana.




Discussant: Emmanuel Skoufias, Lead Economist, Poverty Reduction Group, World Bank Group

Emmanuel Skoufias specializes in impact evaluation, targeting, poverty measurement, urban and rural labor markets, land tenancy issues, and the role of risk mitigation and insurance in poverty alleviation. Other experience at the Bank includes a senior appointment at the Poverty and Gender Group in the Latin American and Caribbean Region. Prior to joining the Bank, Emmanuel worked at the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Minnesota (1988) and his B.A. degree in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley (1981).



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