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Dept. of Health Services
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Norma B. Coe
Assistant Professor

Professor Coe is a health economist who joined the Health Services faculty in 2013. Her expertise is in the economics of aging, labor and public economics. Her research focus is on how government policies interact with each other and how they influence individual behavior.

Research Interests:
Long-term care; disability policy; health insurance; how government programs impact health and behavior; how health/disability and the labor market are intertwined

Contact Information


office:   H-683, Health Sciences Building

University of Washington
1959 NE Pacific
Seattle, WA 98195-7660

campus box:   357660
voice:   206-616-8530
fax:   206-543-3964


PhD   Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005   (Economics)
BA   College of William And Mary, 1997   (Economics)

Teaching   (Department of Health Services Courses)

Recent Publications

Van Houtven CH, Coe NB, Skira MM. The effect of informal care on work and wages. J Health Econ. 2013 Jan;32(1):240-52. doi: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2012.10.006. Epub 2012 Oct 26.  PMID: 23220459

Coe NB, Boyle MA. The Asset and Income Profiles of Residents in Seniors Housing and Care Communities: What Can Be Learned From Existing Data Sets. Research on Aging. 2013;35(1):50-77.

Coe NB, von Gaudecker HM, Lindeboom M, Maurer J. The effect of retirement on cognitive functioning. Health Econ. 2012 Aug;21(8):913-27. doi: 10.1002/hec.1771. Epub 2011 Aug 4.  PMID: 21818822

Coe NB, Zamarro G. Retirement effects on health in Europe. J Health Econ. 2011 Jan;30(1):77-86. doi: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2010.11.002. Epub 2010 Dec 1.  PMID: 21183235

Coe NB, Van Houtven CH. Caring for mom and neglecting yourself? The health effects of caring for an elderly parent. Health Econ. 2009 Sep;18(9):991-1010. doi: 10.1002/hec.1512.  PMID: 19582755

External Funding (sampling of recent awards from UW SAGE data)

Family Structure, Informal Care, and Long-term Care Insurance
Duke University
PI:   Coe           Dates:    8/1/2013 - 7/31/2014

Protecting the Vulnerable when Increasing Social Security’s Earliest Eligibility Age: SSI at 62
Trustees of Boston College
PI:   Coe           Dates:    2/1/2013 - 9/29/2013

The Market for Long-Term Care Insurance
Trustees of Boston College
PI:   Coe           Dates:    2/1/2013 - 8/31/2013

Family Structure, Informal Care, and Long-term Care Insurance
Duke University
PI:   Coe           Dates:    2/1/2013 - 7/31/2013