Current and Past Fellows
Patti Ritter, PhD
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Connecticut
Project: Keep Smiling and Stop Drinking: Oral Health and Carbonated Soft Drinks
Patti is interested in the interaction between development and health economics. The central topic of her dissertation is the causal relationship between carbonated soft drinks (CSD) consumption and health in developing countries. With support from the Oral Health Dissertation Fellowship, she is currently studying the effects of the expansion of the CSD industry on oral health in Peru. She has also written on the effect of the expansion in the CSD industry on obesity prevalence in Peru, and the effects of access to piped water on obesity prevalence in Morocco.