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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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Check out our new paper on experiences and perceptions of discrimination

By Diane Coffey, on October 25th, 2018

This week, a new paper by the SARI team came out in the Economic & Political Weekly.  Here's the abstract: Through the use of new survey data, the experiences and perceptions of discrimination among Dalits and Muslims have been quantified.Read More..

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Paper on child height published in EPW

By Diane Coffey, on August 7th, 2018

Please check out the Research page to read Dean and my new paper on child height using the NFHS-4 data.  It was just published in the journal Economic & Political Weekly on August 4th.  We discuss the improvements in childRead More..

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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 permanent black 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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Child height in India: Facts and Interpretations from the NFHS-4, 2015-16

By Diane Coffey, on August 7th, 2018

An analysis of child height-for-age using the newly released data from the National Family Health Survey-4 indicates that the average child height increased by about four-tenths of a height-for-age standard deviation between 2005 and 2015. Although important, this increase isRead More..

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Explicit Prejudice: Evidence from a New Survey

By Diane Coffey, on January 15th, 2018

This paper uses data from the newly done phone survey by r.i.c.e. called Social Attitudes Research, India (SARI). It studies explicit prejudice against women and Dalits in Delhi, Mumbai, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. We find high levels of explicit prejudiceRead More..

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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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