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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.

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.

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Sense and Solidarity: Jholawala Economics for Everyone -- just launched!

By Diane Coffey, on September 22nd, 2017

Congratulations to Jean Drèze on the launch of his new book, Sense and Solidarity: Jholawala Economics for Everyone.  The book was just launched in a lovely outdoor ceremony in Ranikhet, Uttarkhand.  You can read about on the Black Swan publishingRead More..

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Three recent reviews of Where India Goes

By Diane Coffey, on August 29th, 2017

We were very happy to find three reviews of Where India Goes in various corners of the internet and we wanted to share them with you! The first is by Raghunath Nageswaran at Youth ki Awaas.  It provides a greatRead More..

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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..

Research

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

By Diane Coffey, on June 25th, 2017

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..