Manan Roy

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Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Economics
Edwin Duncan 120A


Dr. Roy is an Assistant Professor in Healthcare Management at Appalachian State University. She has taught economics at the undergraduate level and published several research articles. In 2016, Dr. Roy completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Public Policy from the Department of Public Policy at UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Roy was awarded the Dissertation Fellowship from the Office of Research and Graduate Studies at SMU in 2011-2012. She also received the 2009-2010 Teaching Fellowship from the Department of Economics at Southern Methodist University (SMU). In 2008, Dr. Roy and fellow graduate students at SMU won the national SAS Data Mining Shootout competition. Dr. Roy’s research experience includes program evaluation as a research contractor for Federal and State government programs. As a Research Scientist at the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University, Dr. Roy was responsible for evaluating the relative contributions of cognitive and non-cognitive factors to adult health and socio-economic outcomes. She has authored and coauthored several publications and presentations in her broad research area, including presentations at national conferences and to Federal agencies. Her current research agenda includes assessing the differential mobility of racial groups across the food insecurity spectrum. Aside from professional life, Dr. Roy loves to spend time with her husband and daughter, reading novels, and cooking and baking.


  • PhD, Economics, Southern Methodist University, 2012
  • MA, Economics, Southern Methodist University, 2008
  • MA, Economics, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India, 2004
  • BSc, Economics, Presidency College, University of Calcutta, India, 2002

Current Courses Being Taught

  • HCM 3580 Health Services Research Methods
  • HCM 5610 Health Economics

Professional Affiliations / Organizations

  • Southern Economic Association
  • American Economic Association

Research Interests

  • Causal analysis of the link between maternal and child health outcomes and food insecurity, food and nutrition programs, and health insurance.
  • Addressing selection bias and measurement error issues in analyzing causal relationships.

Selected Publications

  • “Partial Identification of the Long-Run Causal Effect of Food Security on Child Health,” with Daniel Millimet, Empirical Economics, 48, 2015
  • “Bounding Treatment Effects: Stata Command for the Partial Identification of the Average Treatment Effect with Endogenous and Misreported Treatment Assignment,” with Ian McCarthy and Daniel L. Millimet, Stata Journal, 15:2, 2015
  • “Identifying the Effect of WIC on Very Low Food Security Among Infants and Children,” with Brent Kreider and John Pepper, forthcoming, Southern Economic Journal, 82(4), 2016
  • “How Well Does the U.S. Government Provide Health Insurance for Infants?” Empirical Economics, 46:1, 2014
  • “Federal Nutrition Programs and Childhood Obesity: Inside the Black Box,” with Daniel Millimet and Rusty Tchernis, Review of Economics of the Household, 10:1, 2012