Matthew Quaife

BSc(Ind) MSc

Research Fellow


15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom


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:


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


Centre for Evaluation
Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases


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

Selected Publications

The promise of multipurpose pregnancy, STI, and HIV prevention.
Quaife, M. ; Terris-Prestholt, F. ; Vickerman, P. ;
Lancet Infect Dis
How Could Effective HIV Prevention Products Change Risk Incentives in Sex Work? The Stated Preferences of Female Sex Workers in South Africa
Quaife, M.; Terris-Prestholt, F.; Cabrera, M.; Eakle, R.; Delany-Moretlwe, S.; Vickerman, P.
Aids Research and Human Retroviruses
Divergent Stated Preferences for New Multipurpose Prevention Products Across Adults, Adolescents and Female Sex Workers in South Africa
Quaife, M.; Cabrera, M.; Eakle, R.; Vickerman, P.; Delany-Moretlwe, S.; Terris-Prestholt, F.
Aids Research and Human Retroviruses
Sex Work, Risk and Incentives: An Exploration of Risk Perceptions and Relationship Dynamics among Female Sex Workers in Ekurhuleni, South Africa
Eakle, R.; Quaife, M.; Cabrera, M.; Vickerman, P.; Delany-Moretlwe, S.; Terris-Prestholt, F.
Aids Research and Human Retroviruses
Accounting for the imperfect external validity of discrete choice experiments when predicting demand
Quaife, M.; Terris-Prestholt, F.; di Tanna, G.; Vickerman, P.
LSHTM Working Paper
The Better it Is, the More it Will Be Used - The Synergistic Relationship between Product Efficacy, Level of Uptake and Overall Impact.
Terris-Prestholt, F. ; Quaife, M. ; Delany-Moretlwe, S. ; Rees, H. ; Watts, C. ; Vickerman, P. ;
AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses
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