Research Focus: Development Economics, Health Economics, Political Economy


  • “The Local Health Impacts of Natural Resources’ Booms in Brazil” [pdf]
  • “Is the Phone Mightier than the Virus? Cell Phone Access and Epidemic Containment Efforts” (with Robert Gonzalez) [pdf]
  • “Profile of a Conspiracy Theorist: The Role of Government Trust and Technology on Misinformation during an Epidemic” (with Robert Gonzalez) [pdf] Media coverage: Forbes
  • “Are Behavioral Change Interventions Needed to Make Cash Transfer Programs Work for Children? Experimental Evidence from Myanmar (with Erica Field)[pdf] [research protocol]
  • “Poverty and Food Insecurity during COVID-19: Telephone survey evidence from mothers in rural and urban Myanmar”. Strategy Support Program, IFPRI Working Paper 03, October 2020 (with Derek Headey, Sophie Goudet, Isabel Lambrecht, Than Zaw Oo, and Russell Toth). [pdf]
  • “Consumer Immobility Predicts both Macroeconomic Contractions and Household Poverty during COVID-19”. IFPRI Discussion Paper 2002 (2021). (with Derek Headey, Ame Cho, Isabel Lambrecht, Russell Toth).[pdf]
  • A Methodology for Pandemic Response Analysis: Comparative Configurational Analysis of COVID- 19 (with Holly Jarman, Scott Greer, Neil Mehta, Elizabeth King, and others)
  • “Italy and Spain hit hard by COVID-19, but 2020 death rates far lower than pre-pandemic United States”(with Holly Jarman, Scott Greer, Neil Mehta, Elizabeth King, and others)
  • “Direct and opportunity costs related to utilizing maternity waiting homes in rural Zambia” (with Haeun Lee, Jody Lori, Isaac Sakala and Philip Veliz)
  • “The effect of savings groups on reproductive health services access and utilization: a scoping review” (with Haeun Lee, Michelle L. Munro-Kramer, Jody Lori, and Philip Veliz)
  • “Savings and internal lending communities in improving community-level household wealth, financial preparedness for birth, and utilization of reproductive health services: A secondary analysis” (with Haeun Lee, Philip Veliz,  Michelle L. Munro-Kramer, Isaac Sakala, Nchimunya M Chiboola, Thandiwe Ngoma, Jeanette Kaiser, Peter C Rockers, Nancy Scott, Jody Lori)

MAIN Publications

  1. Lee H, Maffioli EM, Veliz PT, Sakala I, Chiboola NM, Lori JR, “Direct and opportunity costs related to utilizing maternity waiting homes in rural Zambia” Midwifery, November 2021. DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2021.103211. [article]
  2. Maffioli EM, “The Political Economy of Health Epidemics: Evidence from the Ebola Outbreak” Journal of Development Economics. June 2021. [article]
  3. Lee H, Maffioli EM, Veliz PT, Munro-Kramer ML, Phiri TK, Sakala I, Kaunda J, Chiboola NM and Lori JR, “The role of Savings and Internal Lending Groups (SILCs) in improving household wealth and financial preparedness for birth in rural Zambia”, Health Policy and Planning, April 2021. DOI: 10.1093/heapol/czab049. [article]
  4. Maffioli EM, “Collecting Data During an Epidemic: A Novel Mobile Phone Research Method”, Journal of International Development. September 2020. DOI: 10.1002/jid.3515 [article]
  5. Maffioli EM, Prudhomme O’Meara W, Turner E, Mohanan M.“Can individuals beliefs help us understand non-adherence to malaria test results? Evidence from rural Kenya”. Review of Development Economics. August 2020. DOI: 10.1111/rode.12708  [article] [appendix]
  6. Maffioli EM, “Consider inequality: another consequence of the coronavirus epidemic”. Viewpoints, Journal of Global Health, June 2020. doi: 10.7189/jogh.10.010359 [article]
  7. Maffioli EM, “How Is the World Responding to the 2019 Coronavirus Disease Compared to the 2014 West African Ebola Epidemic? The Importance of China as a Player in the Global Economy”. Perspective Piece, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, March 2020. [article]
  8. Maffioli EM, Saran I, Mohanan M, Prudhomme O’Meara W., “Does improving appropriate use of malaria medicines change population beliefs in testing and treatment? Evidence from a randomized controlled trial”. Health Policy and Planning, March 2020. [article]
  9. Maffioli EM, Hernandes Rocha TA, Vivas G, Rosales C, Staton C, Nickening Vissoci JR. “Addressing inequalities in medical workforce distribution: Evidence from a quasi-experimental study in Brazil”. BMJ Global Health, November 2019; 4:e001827. [article]
  10. Maffioli EM, Mohanan M. “Touching Beliefs: Using Touchscreen Technology to Elicit Subjective Expectations in Survey Research”. PLoS ONE, November 2018; 13(11): e0207484. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0207484. [article]
  11. Prudhomme O’Meara W, Menya D, Laktabai J, Platt A, Saran I, Maffioli EM, et al. “Improving rational use of ACTs through diagnosis-dependent subsidies: Evidence from a cluster-randomized controlled trial in western Kenya”.  PLoS Med, July 2018; 15(7): e1002607. [article]
  12. Saran I, Maffioli EM, Menya D, Prudhomme O’Meara W. “Household beliefs about malaria testing and treatment in Western Kenya: the role of health worker adherence to malaria test results”.  Malaria Journal, August 2017; 16, 349. [article]
  13. Maffioli, EM. “Is Traditional Male Circumcision Effective as HIV Prevention Strategy? Evidence from Lesotho”.  PLoS ONE, May 2017; 12 (5): e0177076. [article]
  14. Laktabai J, Lesser A, Platt A, Maffioli EM, Mohanan M, Menya D, Prudhomme O’Meara W, Turner EL. “An innovative public-private partnership to target subsidized antimalarials: a study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial to evaluate a community intervention in Western Kenya”.  BMJ Open, March 2017; 7(3):e013972. [article]
  15. Prudhomme O’Meara W, Mohanan M, Laktabai J, Lesser A, Platt A, Maffioli EM, Turner EL, Menya D. “Assessing the independent and combined effects of subsidies for antimalarials and rapid diagnostic testing on fever management decisions in the retail sector: results from a factorial randomised trial in western Kenya”.  BMJ Global Health, Sept 2016; 1(2):e000101. [article]