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Diane Coffey

Executive Director

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Diane is a demographer who studies social influences on health in India.   She studies the intergenerational transmission of poor population health resulting from India’s exceptionally poor maternal nutrition.  Her research traces links among gender, stratification, and poor birth, childhood, and adult health outcomes.  She has also studied the causes and consequences of poor sanitation in India.

Her research has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, as well as Social Science & Medicine, Population Research & Policy Review, and other journals.  She is currently a visiting researcher at the Indian Statistical Institute in Delhi, and a visiting fellow at Princeton University.

Diane grew up in eastern Connecticut.  She holds a BA from Villanova University, and MPA and a PhD from Princeton University.

See her academic website here. Her CV  is available here.

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Check out Amit's op-ed in the Hindu!

By Diane Coffey, on August 2nd, 2016

Today, the Hindu published an op-ed by Amit Thorat and Sonalde Desai that uses India Human Development Survey data to discuss poverty and social safety net programs in India.  Check it out here!Read More..

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check out this new article on caste & sanitation

By Diane Coffey, on May 27th, 2016

Thanks so much to Payal for sharing Nilanjana Sen's new article at Fair Observer about caste & sanitation in India.  It talks about how India's history and continuing practice of untouchability makes the adoption of simple latrines a unique challenge. Read More..

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Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer prize winning NYT journalist, discusses r.i.c.e. research

By Diane Coffey, on October 16th, 2015

Nicholas Kristof, who is visiting rural Uttar Pradesh, wrote about the causes and consequences of India's malnutrition problems in his NYT column yesterday.  We were thrilled to see that he discussed many ideas that have emerged from r.i.c.e. research.  HeRead More..

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Congratulations, Angus!

By Diane Coffey, on October 12th, 2015

In celebration of the fact that my PhD advisor, Angus Deaton, has just won the Nobel prize in Economics, I thought I would share one of my favorite of his (many) graphs. The internet is filling up with tributes inRead More..

Research

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Switching to sanitation: Understanding latrine adoption in a representative panel of rural Indian households

By Diane Coffey, on December 28th, 2016

Open defecation, which is still practiced by about a billion people worldwide, is one of the most examples of how place influences health in developing countries. Because of the negative healthy externalities of open defecation, eliminating it is a priorityRead More..

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Intergenerational effects of women's status: Evidence from child height in joint Indian households

By Diane Coffey, on December 19th, 2016

The hypothesis that a woman's social status has intergenerational effects on the human capital of her children has featured prominently in development policy and social science. Our paper is the first to econometrically identify such an effect. We exploit anRead More..

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Sanitation, Disease, and Anemia: Evidence From Nepal

By Diane Coffey, on December 1st, 2016

Anemia impairs physical and cognitive development in children and reduces human capital accumulation. The prior economics literature has focused on the role of inadequate nutrition in causing anemia. This paper is the first to show that sanitation, a public good,Read More..

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Underweight & pregnant: Maternity entitlements and weight gain during pregnancy

By Diane Coffey, on February 6th, 2016

Poor maternal nutrition in India is a major cause for concern. The depth of India's maternal nutrition problems is evident in its high neonatal mortality, widespread underweight pre-pregnancy, low weight gain during pregnancy, and high rates of maternal anemia. PoorRead More..