Aurélia Lépine


Assistant Professor


15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom


I joined the department of Global Health and Development in the Faculty of Public Health & Policy in 2012. I have a Master degree in Development Economics from the Centre for Studies and Research in Development Economics (CERDI, France) and a PhD in Economics from the University of Otago (New Zealand) that I obtained in 2013. Between 2014 and 2017 I was a Medical Research Council fellow. 


Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Global Health and Development


Centre for Evaluation


I am a seminar leader for the modules "Introduction to Health Economics" and "Economic analysis for health policy". I teach quasi-experimental methods for impact evaluation of health policies for the module "Evaluation of public health interventions" at LSHTM and for the Executive MSc in Health Economics, Outcomes and Management in Cardiovascular Sciences at LSE.


My research aims to understand behaviours in order to improve the design of health policies in low-income countries. I use quasi-experimental designs, lab-in-the field and field experiments to estimate the behavioural response to health policies and to identify the factors of health and wellbeing among vulnerable groups in low-income countries. 

My research interests encompass several areas of global health (HIV/AIDS, nutrition, family planning, mental health) but I have a particular interest in studying health behaviours of vulnerable women. I currently work on several projects targeting this population:

1. Sex workers in Senegal: In 2015, I have started a new longitudinal data set of sex workers to understand the drivers of risky behaviours. This data set is currently used in order to estimate the effect of sex work regulation, psychological traits and income shocks on risky sex. In addition, I have a strong interest in measuring sensitive behaviours using indirect elicitation methods and I have used this data set to provide evidence of the performance of the list randomisation and polling box methods to measure condom use among sex workers. 

2. Women living in Nairobi's informal settlements: I am a principal investigator for a project that aims to investigate the drivers for the low uptake of animal source food among children living in slums in Kenya. Part of this project, I am developing a new measure of women's bargaining power in the lab in order to investigate the association between women's empowerment and child nutritional status. More information on the project is available here:…

3. Women in rural Burkina Faso: I am currently involved in a randomised controlled trial that aims to document the role of husband's involvement, polygamy and peer effects on contraceptive use in the Province of Houet in Burkina Faso:  

Previously, I have conducted research on the determinants of health seeking behaviours in Africa and precisely on the role of user fee removal and health insurance. I have also been involved in economic evaluation of new HIV prevention strategies and conducted research on cost functions of a large scale HIV prevention project (Avahan). 

Research Area
Health care financing
Social and structural determinants of health
Behaviour change
Impact evaluation
Natural disasters
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health
Sexually transmitted infection
Burkina Faso
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

What Determines HIV Prevention Costs at Scale? Evidence from the Avahan Programme in India.
Lépine, A.; Chandrashekar, S.; Shetty, G.; Vickerman, P.; Bradley, J.; Alary, M.; Moses, S.; CHARME India Group, .; Vassall, A.; COLLABORATORS;Blanchard, J. ; Isac, S. ; Lowndes, C.M. ; Ramesh, B.M. ; Reza-Paul, S. ; Washington, R. ;
Health Econ
Estimating unbiased economies of scale of HIV prevention projects: A case study of Avahan.
Lépine, A. ; Vassall, A. ; Chandrashekar, S. ; Blanc, E. ; Le Nestour, A. ;
Soc Sci Med
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