Research Interests: Development Economics, Health Economics, Political Economy


[6] “Addressing inequalities in medical workforce distribution: Evidence from a quasi-experimental study in Brazil” (with Thiago Augusto Hernandes Rocha, Gabriel Vivas, Carlos Rosales, Catherine Staton, Joao Ricardo Nickenig Vissoci) –

[5] “Touching Beliefs: Using Touchscreen Technology to Elicit Subjective Expectations in Survey Research” (with Manoj Mohanan) PLoS ONE, November 2018, 13(11): e0207484. [article]

[4] “Improving rational use of ACTs through diagnosis-dependent subsidies: Evidence from a cluster-randomized controlled trial in western Kenya” (with Wendy Prudhomme OMeara, Diana Menya, Jeremiah Laktabai, Alyssa Platt, Indrani Saran, Joseph Kipkoech, Manoj Mohanan, Elizabeth L Turner) PLoS Medicine, July 2018, 15(7): e1002607. [article]

[3] “Household beliefs about malaria testing and treatment in Western Kenya: the role of health worker adherence to malaria test results” (with Indrani Saran, Wendy Prudhomme OMeara, Diana Menya), Malaria Journal, August 2017, 16:349.[article] 

[2] “Is Traditional Male Circumcision Effective as HIV Prevention Strategy? Evidence from Lesotho” PLoS ONE, May 2017, 12 (5): e0177076. [article]

[1] “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 randomized trial in western Kenya” (with Wendy Prudhomme OMeara, Jeremiah Laktabai, Manoj Mohanan, Adriane Lesser, Alyssa Platt, Elizabeth Turner, Diana Menya) BMJ Global Health, September 2016; 1(2):e000101. [article]

Manuscripts Under Review

        • “Can individuals beliefs help us understand non-adherence to malaria test results? Evidence from rural Kenya” (with Manoj Mohanan, Wendy Prudhomme OMeara, and Elizabeth L Turner), Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (ERID) Working Paper No. 243.
        • “Does improving appropriate use of malaria medicines change population beliefs in testing and treatment? Evidence from a randomized controlled trial” (with Manoj Mohanan, Indrani Saran and Wendy Prudhomme O’Meara)
        • “Relying Solely on Mobile-Phone Technology: Sampling and Gathering Survey Data in Challenging Settings”
        • “The importance for nutrition of pairing cash transfers with behavioral change interventions and full coverage in the first 1000 days of life” (with Erica Field, Duke University, and Federica Esu, World Bank)
        • “Direct and opportunity costs related to utilizing maternity waiting homes in rural Zambia” (with Haeun Lee, Jody Lori, Isaac Sakala and Philip Veliz)
        • “The Political Economy of Health Epidemics: Evidence from the Ebola Outbreak” [pdf]

      Manuscripts In Preparation

      • “The Local Health Impacts of Natural Resources’ Booms in Brazil”
      • “Is the Phone Mightier than the Virus? Cell Phone Access and Epidemic Containment Efforts” (with Robert Gonzalez, University of South Carolina)

      Work in Progress

      • “The Effective Delivery of Maternal Cash Transfers in Myanmar” (with Erica Field, Duke University) – Data analysis. Coverage: The Guardian
      • “The Impact of Formal Finance on the Moneylender Market: Evidence from Rural India” (with Isabelle Cohen, Berkely University, Erica Field, Duke University, and Rohini Pande, Harvard Kennedy School) – Data analysis
      • “Low-quality Medicines in Myanmar” (with Kyaw Swar Mya at University of Public Health, Yangon, Myanmar and Nicholus Tint Zaw, Innovations for Poverty Action) – Exploratory pilot completed
      • “Improving the efficient use of national resources: A Cost-Effectiveness analysis (CEA) exercise to guide the Ministry of Health’s decisions in Mozambique”’ – Gathering data

      Other research (Protocols, Policy Reports and Op-Ed Contributions)

      “Maternal and Child Cash Transfer program (LEGACY) in Myanmar – Endline report”, prepared for Save the Children and LIFT, 2019 (with Erica Field, Nicholus Tint Zaw, Federica Esu, Alexander Fertig)

      “Maternal and Child Cash Transfer program (LEGACY) in Myanmar – Midline report”, International Growth Center, 2018 (with Alexander Fertig) [pdf]

      “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” (with Jeremiah Laktabai, Adriane Lesser, Alyssa Platt, Manoj Mohanan, Diana Menya, Wendy Prudhomme OMeara, Elizabeth L Turner) BMJ Open, 2017; 7(3):e013972. [article]

      “Feasibility Study: Technical options to implement a universal maternal and child cash transfer program in Myanmar”, IGC, UNICEF, Save the Children, 2015 (with Jenny Hilton) [pdf]

      “Leveraging Technology-Enabled Banking Agent Distribution Networks”, Fino Fintech Foundation, Interim Baseline Report, CIRM (Center for Insurance and Risk Management), 2014 (with Saurabh Sharma and Rupalee Ruchismita)