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Elizabeth Frankenberg, Research Professor of Sanford School of Public Policy and Professor of Economics and Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute of Duke Global Health Institute and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Center for Population Health & Aging and Associate of the Duke Initiative fo

Elizabeth Frankenberg

Please note: Elizabeth has left the "Economics" group at Duke University; some info here might not be up to date.

Elizabeth Frankenberg’s research focuses on three thematic areas: the ways in which the health and social service environment shape the well-being of individuals, the ways that interactions among family members influence well-being, and how individuals respond to changes induced by unexpected events.

Frankenberg has exploited shocks – economic crises and natural disasters – to observe their influence on human capital and resource investments at the individual, household, and community level. Most recently, Frankenberg has examined the impact of the Indian Ocean tsunami on psycho-social well-being, post-traumatic stress as a function of exposure to community trauma, and the impact of the orphanhood after the tsunami on children’s short- and longer-run well-being. Research is oriented toward better understanding responses by individuals and policy makers in the aftermath of shocks.

With collaborators, Frankenberg has directed several large-scale longitudinal surveys in Indonesia, including the Indonesian Family Life Survey and the Study of the Tsunami Aftermath and Recovery, funded by grants from NIA and NICHD. These surveys integrate innovative measures in satellite imaging and biomarkers with more traditional modes of survey research.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  192 Rubenstein Hall, Box 90312, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 613-9311
Email Address: send me a message


Ph.D.University of Pennsylvania1992
M.P.A. Public AffairsWoodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton, NJ1989
B.A.University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill1986
BA with highest honors and distinction in GeographyUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC1986

Development Economics
Health Economics

Activities of Daily Living • Adolescent • Adult • Aged • Air Pollutants • Algorithms • Anemia, Iron-Deficiency • Asia • Birth Weight • Body Height • Body Mass Index • Case-Control Studies • Causality • Child • Child Health Services • Child Welfare • Child, Orphaned • Child, Preschool • Children • Cluster Analysis • Contraception • Contraception Behavior • Contraceptive Agents • Cost of Illness • Data Collection • Decision Making • Delivery of Health Care • Delivery, Obstetric • Demography • Developing Countries • Development • Disasters • Education • Educational Status • Efficiency • Employment • Epidemiologic Studies • Family • Family Planning Services • Female • Fires • Forestry • Health • Health Care Surveys • Health Facilities • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice • Health Personnel • Health Services • Health Services Accessibility • Health Status • Health Surveys • Humans • Income • Indian Ocean • Indonesia • Infant • Infant Mortality • Infant Welfare • Infant, Newborn • Inhalation Exposure • Internal-External Control • Interviews as Topic • Iron • Life Change Events • Logistic Models • Longitudinal Studies • Male • Marriage • Maternal Health Services • Mental Health • Middle Aged • Midwifery • Models, Econometric • Models, Theoretical • Mortality • Mothers • Multivariate Analysis • Negotiating • Nutrition • Nutritional Status • Orphans • Outcome Assessment (Health Care) • Ownership • Patient Acceptance of Health Care • Personal Satisfaction • Population • Population Dynamics • Population Surveillance • Poverty • Power (Psychology) • Pregnancy • Prenatal Care • Prevalence • Primary Health Care • Professional Practice Location • Program Evaluation • Public Assistance • Questionnaires • Regression Analysis • Reproductive Health Services • Residence Characteristics • Respiratory Tract Diseases • Risk Factors • Rural Health Services • Rural Population • Self Disclosure • Sex Distribution • Sex Factors • Smoke • Social Change • Social Class • Social Support • Social Welfare • Socioeconomic Factors • Socioeconomic status • Spouses • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic • Survivors • Time Factors • Tsunamis • Well-being • Women's Rights

Curriculum Vitae  Bio
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Thomas, D; Seeman, T; Potter, A; Hu, P; Crimmins, E; Herningtyas, EH; Sumantri, C; Frankenberg, E, HPLC-based Measurement of Glycated Hemoglobin using Dried Blood Spots Collected under Adverse Field Conditions., Biodemography and Social Biology, vol. 64 no. 1 (January, 2018), pp. 43-62 [doi]  [abs]
  2. Ho, JY; Frankenberg, E; Sumantri, C; Thomas, D, Adult Mortality Five Years after a Natural Disaster., Population and Development Review, vol. 43 no. 3 (September, 2017), pp. 467-490 [doi]  [abs]
  3. Frankenberg, E; Thomas, D, Human Capital and Shocks: Evidence on Education, Health and Nutrition, Nber (April, 2017)
  4. Frankenberg, E; Laurito, MM; Thomas, D, Demographic Impact of Disasters, in International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition (March, 2015), pp. 101-108, Elsevier, ISBN 9780080970868 [doi]  [abs]
  5. Thomas, D; Frankenberg, E, Experimental Methods in Survey Research in Demography, in International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition (March, 2015), pp. 559-565, Elsevier, ISBN 9780080970868 [doi]  [abs]

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