Dr Matthew Quaife

BSc(Ind) MSc PhD

Assistant Professor


15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom


I am 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;

2) a behavioural economic intervention in South Africa using SMS messaging to enourage linkage to care after a HIV self-test;

3) a project understanding determinants of risky sexual behaviour among bumsters in The Gambia; and

4) a study evaluating the impact of facility management on quality of care in Tanzania

I use demand-side and behavioural economics to understand and solve public health problems. My current interests include the use of quasi-experimental methods, discrete choice experiments, and integrating economic and mathematical models.

I am involved in discrete choice experiment projects in South Africa, Uganda, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Malawi, Zambia, and the UK.

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 presented at the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods Festival 2015 on "What are... discrete choice experiments?" - this 13min talk can be found here:  In 2016, I was  runner-up in LSHTM's "Three Minute Thesis" competition - my talk can be found here:


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


Centre for Evaluation
Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases


I am deputy module organiser for the Economic Analysis for Health Policy (EAHP) module and am a seminar leader on the Introduction to Health Economics core MSc module.

I also teach a small part of the Evaluation of Public Health Interventions module, and take a Behavioural Economics lecture for the distance learning EAHP course. 


Research Area
Economic evaluation
Health care financing
Health care policy
Health outcomes
Health status measurement
Infectious disease policy
Sexual health
Mixed methods
Health economics
Mathematical modelling
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

How well do discrete choice experiments predict health choices? A systematic review and meta-analysis of external validity.
Quaife, M. ; Terris-Prestholt, F. ; Di Tanna, G.L. ; Vickerman, P. ;
Eur J Health Econ
The cost-effectiveness of multi-purpose HIV and pregnancy prevention technologies in South Africa.
Quaife, M. ; Terris-Prestholt, F. ; Eakle, R. ; Cabrera Escobar, M.A. ; Kilbourne-Brook, M. ; Mvundura, M. ; Meyer-Rath, G. ; Delany-Moretlwe, S. ; Vickerman, P. ;
J Int AIDS Soc
Macroeconomic costs of the unmet burden of surgical disease in Sierra Leone: a retrospective economic analysis.
Grimes, C.E. ; Quaife, M. ; Kamara, T.B. ; Lavy, C.B.D. ; Leather, A.J.M. ; Bolkan, H.A. ;
BMJ Open
The effect of HIV prevention products on incentives to supply condomless commercial sex among female sex workers in South Africa.
Quaife, M. ; Vickerman, P. ; Manian, S. ; Eakle, R. ; Cabrera-Escobar, M.A. ; Delany-Moretlwe, S. ; Terris-Prestholt, F. ;
Health Econ
The promise of multipurpose pregnancy, STI, and HIV prevention.
Quaife, M. ; Terris-Prestholt, F. ; Vickerman, P. ;
Lancet Infect Dis
Divergent Preferences for HIV Prevention: A Discrete Choice Experiment for Multipurpose HIV Prevention Products in South Africa.
Quaife, M. ; Eakle, R. ; Cabrera Escobar, M.A. ; Vickerman, P. ; Kilbourne-Brook, M. ; Mvundura, M. ; Delany-Moretlwe, S. ; Terris-Prestholt, F. ;
Med Decis Making
Parameterising User Uptake in Economic Evaluations: The role of discrete choice experiments.
Terris-Prestholt, F.; Quaife, M.; Vickerman, P.;
Health Econ
Preferences for ARV-based HIV prevention methods among men and women, adolescent girls and female sex workers in Gauteng Province, South Africa: a protocol for a discrete choice experiment.
Quaife, M.; Eakle, R.; Cabrera, M.; Vickerman, P.; Tsepe, M.; Cianci, F.; Delany-Moretlwe, S.; Terris-Prestholt, F.;
BMJ Open
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