Matthew Quaife BSc(Ind) MSc

Research Degree Student


I hold an ESRC studentship to research Health Economics and Infectious Disease Modelling. I have an undergraduate degree in Business and Financial Economics from the University of Leeds and a Masters in Public Health from LSHTM. I was previously a financial economist and project accountant.

I have a keen interest in applying demand-side and behavioural economics to understand and solve public health problems. My research aims to explore how economic and econometric methods can be used to maximise the impact of HIV prevention programmes. My current interests include the use of quasi-experimental methods (including instrumental variables and synthetic controls), accounting for the external validity of discrete choice experiments in their practical application, and the integration of economic and mathematical models.

I have recently returned from running two discrete choice experiments in South Africa which aim to assess demand for multipurpose HIV prevention products among general and high-risk populations. I am using uptake predictions from these experiments to construct impact and cost-effectiveness models to assess the potential of new products. 

An additional strand of research explores incentives in the market for commercial sex, estimating how new HIV prevention products might change client and provider behaviours.

I hold a joint appointment as a visiting researcher at Wits RHI, Johannesburg, and completed a secondment to the Behavioural Insights Team at Public Health England.

I was recently runner-up in LSHTM's "Three Minute Thesis" competition - my talk can be found here:

I was also invited to present at the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods Festival 2015 on "What are... discrete choice experiments?" - this 13min talk can be found here:




I am a seminar leader on the Introduction to Health Economics core MSc module, and lecture on the Economic Analysis for Health Policy specialist module.

I also teach on the following MSc modules:

Evaluation of Public Health Interventions; Basic Maths.

Research areas

  • Economic evaluation
  • Evaluation
  • Health care financing
  • Health care policy
  • Health outcomes
  • Health status measurement
  • Infectious disease policy
  • Mixed methods
  • Modelling
  • Sexual health


  • Economics
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Statistics

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Herpesviruses
  • Infectious disease


  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
  • World
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