Research Interests: Development Economics, Health Economics, Political Economy


  • “The Political Economy of Health Epidemics: Evidence from the Ebola Outbreak” [pdf] Conditionally accepted at Journal of Development Economics
  • “The Local Health Impacts of Natural Resources’ Booms in Brazil” Revise & Resubmit at Journal of Health Economics [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]

MAIN Publications

  1. 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]
  2. 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]
  3. 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]
  4.  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]
  5.  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]
  6. 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]

OTHER Publications

  1. Maffioli EM, “Consider inequality: another consequence of the coronavirus epidemic”. Viewpoints, Journal of Global Health, June 2020. doi: 10.7189/jogh.10.010359 [article]
  2. 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]
  3. 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]
  4.  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]
  5.  Maffioli, EM. “Is Traditional Male Circumcision Effective as HIV Prevention Strategy? Evidence from Lesotho”.  PLoS ONE, May 2017; 12 (5): e0177076. [article]
  6.  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]