Heller-Brown Building, 153
Departments/ProgramsThe Heller School for Social Policy and Management
DegreesColumbia University, Ph.D.
Harvard University, M.P.A.
University of Chicago, M.A.
Tufts University, B.A.
ExpertiseAcculturation; inequality; social capital; econometrics; research design; Bolivia; indigenous peoples; native Amazonians; panel studies
ProfileDr. Godoy is a cultural anthropologist who draws on insights from evolutionary biology and economic theory to formulate hypotheses about the effects of market exposure, globalization, or modernization on the well-being and the use of natural resources of indigenous people. He collaborates with biological and cultural anthropologists from Northwestern University, the University of Georgia, and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in a study called the Tsimane¿ Amazonian Panel Study (TAPS). The research team carries out annual survey waves in which they measure a wide range of socioeconomic, demographic, health, and psychological indicators. The research site in Bolivia is also used as a summer research site for Ph.D. students in cultural anthropology at American universities.
Besides Bolivia and the study of globalization, Dr. Godoy does research on secular trends in health comparing health statistics of citizens in Puerto Rico with citizens on the mainland as part of a broader program on the social epidemiology of colonialism.
|HS||215f||Natural and Field Experiments in Development: Design, Implementation and Limits|
|HS||225f||The Political Economy and Measure of Inequality, Social Capital, and Empowerment|
|HS||237f||Applied Cost-Benefit Analysis for Development Practitioners|
|HS||238f||Evaluating Survey Data: Questioning Answers|
|HS||259a||Topics in Sustainable Development|
|HS||295f||Economics of Natural Resource Planning|
|HS||306f||Survey Design and Data Analysis for Development|
|HS||314f||Applied Data Analysis for Development|
|HS||350a||Economics for Management and Social Policy|
|HS||361a||Monitor and Evaluation|
Awards and Honors
Teaching award, Heller, 2009 (2009)
NSF-Panel, IGERT (2002)
NSF-Panel, Cultural Anthropology (1999 - 2002)
President's Fellowship, Columbia University (1977 - 1978)
Tufts University (1972)
E. A. Undurraga, et al., R. Godoy. "Savings at the periphery of markets: Evidence from forager-farmers in the Bolivian Amazon." J of Development Studies (2013).
E. Undurraga, Jere R. Behrman, Elena L. Grigorenko, Alan Schultz, Julie Yiu, TAPS Bolivia Study Team, R. Godoy. "Math Skills and market and non-market outcomes: Evidence from an Amazonian society of forager-farmers." Economics of Education Review 37. (2013): 138-147.
O. Magvanjav, et al., R. Godoy. "Sibling composition and children's anthropometric indicators of nutritional status: Evidence from native Amazonians in Bolivia." Annals of Human Biology 40. 1 (2013): 23-34.
Wu Zeng, et al., R. Godoy. "Adult obesity: Panel study from native Amazonians." Economics and Human Biology 11. 2 (2013): 227-235.
E.A. Undurraga, et al., R. Godoy. "The perceived benefits of height: Strength, dominance, social concern, and knowledge among Bolivian native Amazonians." PLoS ONE 7. 5 (2012).
Zebrowitz, Leslie A., Wang, Ruoxue, Bronstad, P. Matthew, Eisenberg, Dan, Undurraga, Eduardo, Reyes-Garcia, Victoria, R. Godoy. "First impressions from faces among U.S. and culturally isolated Tsimane' people in the Bolivian rainforest." J of Cross-Cultural Psychology 43. 1 (2012): 119-134.
Zeng Wu, et al., R. Godoy. "The effects of sibling composition during childhood and adult blood pressure among native Amazonians in Bolivia." Economics and Human Biology 11. 3 (2012): 391-401.
Zeng Wu, et al., R. Godoy. "The effects of sibling composition on child educational attainment: Evidence from native Amazonians in Bolivia." Economics of Education Review 31. 6 (2012): 1017-1027.
Undurraga, R. Godoy et al.. "Individual wealth rank, community wealth inequality, and self-reported adult poor health: A test of hypotheses with panel data (2002-2006) from native Amazonians, Bolivia.." Medical Anthropology Quarterly 24. 4 (2010): 552-548.
Undurruga, Eduardo, et al. R. Godoy. "Human's cognitive ability to assess facial cues from photographs: A study of sexual selection in the Bolivian Amazon." PLoS ONE 5. 6 e11027 (2010): 1-10.
William R. Leonard and R. Godoy. "Tsimane’ Amazonian Panel Study (TAPS): The first 5 years (2002-2006) of socioeconomic, demographic, and anthropometric data available to the public." Economics and Human Biology 6. 2 (2010): 299-301.
C. Gravlee, D.P. Kennedy, R. Godoy, W.R. Leonard. "Methods for collecting panel data: What can anthropology learn from other disciplines?." Journal of Anthropological Research. 65. 3 (2009): 453-483.
R. Godoy et al. "Does civilization cause discontentment among indigenous Amazonians? Test of empirical data from the Tsimane of Bolivia." Journal of Economic Psychology. (2009).
R. Godoy et al. "Does the future affect the present? The effects of future weather on the current collection of planted crops and wildlife in a native Amazonian society of Bolivia." Human Ecology. 37. 5 (2009): 613-628.
R. Godoy et al. "Moving beyond a snapshot to understand changes in the well-being of native Amazonians: Panel evidence (2002-2006) from Bolivia." Current Anthropology. 50. 4 (2009): 563-573.
R. Godoy et al. "Short but catching up: Statural growth among native Amazonian Bolivian children." American Journal of Human Biology 22. 3 (2009): 336-347.
R. Godoy et al. "The effect of real income on wildlife consumption among native Amazonians in Bolivia: Estimates of annual trends with panel data (2002-2006) from the Tsimane’." Animal Conservation. (2009).
R. Godoy et al. "The relation between forest clearance and household income among native Amazonians: Results from the Tsimane’ Amazonian Panel Study, Bolivia." Ecological Economics 68. (2009): 1864-1871.
R. Godoy et al. "Why no adult stunting penalty or height premium? Estimates from native Amazonians in Bolivia." Economics and Human Biology. 22. 3 (2009): 336-347.
R. Godoy, et al. "Long-term (secular) change of ethnobotanical knowledge of useful plants: Separating cohort and age effects." Journal of Anthropological Research. 65. (2009): 51-67.
S. Tanner, W. Leonard, T. McDade, V. Reyes-García, R. Godoy, and T. Huanca. "Influence of helminth infections on childhood nutritional status in lowland Bolivia." American Journal of Human Biology 21. 5 (2009): 651-656.
V. Reyes-García, R. Godoy, et al. "The pay-offs to sociability: Solitary and social leisure and happiness." Human Nature. 20. (2009): 431-446.