Dr Matthew Quaife
BSc(Ind) MSc PhD
15-17 Tavistock Place
I am a Research Fellow in Health Economics currently working on:
1) the IDEAS project in Ethiopia evaluating the impact of a maternal and child health quality improvement programme on health worker motivation; and
2) a behavioural economic intervention in South Africa using SMS messaging to enourage linkage to care after a HIV self-test.
My PhD which was submitted in September 2017 was funded by 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 and other public health 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 am involved in three discrete choice experiment projects in South Africa, Uganda, and Kenya. In general, these aim to assess demand for multipurpose HIV prevention products among general and high-risk populations. I use uptake predictions from these experiments to construct impact and cost-effectiveness models to assess the potential of new products.
An additional area of research explores incentives in the market for commercial sex, estimating how new HIV prevention products might change client and provider behaviours. I have used stated preference methods to estimate potental risk compensation as a result of new HIV prevention products, integrating these estimates into dynamic transmission models.
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: https://vimeo.com/166939551.
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wm2wJflXG7E
I am a seminar leader on the Introduction to Health Economics core MSc module, and deputy module organiser for the Economic Analysis for Health Policy specialist module.
I also teach on the following MSc modules:
Evaluation of Public Health Interventions; Basic Maths.