Why an Economist Can Solve a Poop Problem

Sometimes you need an economist who figures out how to improve Senegal’s sanitation by getting more people to use toilet suckers.

Where Toilets “Take a Village”

Shown by a project in rural India, building a sanitation network that includes toilets can eliminate open defecation and the disease it creates.

Tall and Short Populations

Princeton economist Angus Deaton estimates that it will take 500 years for Indian women to reach the height of English women. In The Great Escape, Dr. Deaton explains that a population could be short because of nutrition or disease. When babies…