Manan Roy

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Associate Professor
Ph.D., Economics
540T Leon Levine Hall


Dr. Roy is an Associate Professor in Health Care 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, and the effects of low health literacy and adverse childhood events on health behavior and food insecurity. 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 (Undergraduate)

  • HCM 3610 Health Care Economics (Undergraduate)

  • HCM 5610 Health Economics (Graduate)

  • HCM 5240 Health and Disease (Graduate)

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, health insurance, adverse childhood events, and health literacy
  • Addressing selection bias and measurement error issues in analyzing causal relationships.

Selected Publications

  • “Adult food security and the relationship with Adverse Childhood Experiences among residents of Appalachian North Carolina,” with Erin Bouldin, Maggie Bennett, and Adam Hege, Journal of Appalachian Health, 2019; 1(3):17–26. DOI:
  • Exploring the Dynamics of Food Security in the United States,” with Ian K. McDonough and Punarjit RoyChowdhury, Review of Economics of the Household, forthcoming
  •  “Coresidence with the Mother-in-Law and Maternal Anemia: Evidence from Rural India,” with Rekha Varghese, Social Science & Medicine, 226, 37-46, 2019;
  • “Impact of Breakfast in the Classroom on Participation and Food Waste,” with Alisha Farris, Elena Serrano, and Sarah Misyak, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Volume 51, Number 7, 2019;
  •  “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