Nathan Fiala, PhD
Associate Professor (PI)
Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics
I am interested in why poor, rural women in Africa do not make use of health care facilities during pregnancy, despite evidence that this is the best way to reduce infant and mother mortality. My initial work on this topic suggests that transport costs represent the largest impediment for women to access health centers in their areas. In addition, family pressure appears to also be an issue. I am developing work to explore this problem using a randomized promotion design to cover the costs of transport for women, with extra incentives to attempt to counter-act family pressures.
PhD, Economics, 2009, University of California, Irvine
BS, Economics, 2004, Arizona State University