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Sangita Vyas

MPA, Princeton University

Sangita Vyas



Applied microeconomics; public, health, and development economics; demography


Sangita Vyas is a PhD student in economics, a trainee at the Population Research Center, and an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, at UT Austin. Sangita’s research focuses on child health in India. One area of her work focuses on the consequences of poor air quality in India. Her working paper, “Child health impacts of coal: Evidence from India’s coal expansion,” is a winner of the 2019 Parker Frisbie Publication Award. It finds that children born in an Indian village at a time when coal plant capacity is higher, are shorter than children born in the same village at a time when coal plant capacity is lower. Another area of her research investigates the causes and consequences of poor sanitation in rural India. She discusses the findings of this research in a widely-viewed TEDx talk.

Sangita’s work with coauthors has been published in Economics and Human Biology, Social Science and Medicine, and Journal of Development Studies, among other peer-reviewed journals.

Sangita is also a research fellow at r.i.c.e., a non-profit research organization which aims to inform child health policy in India. Sangita received an MPA from Princeton University, and a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

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