Dr Matthew Quaife

BSc(Ind) MSc PhD

Research Fellow


15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom


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 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:

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 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.


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 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
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
See all Dr Matthew Quaife's Publications