Dan LaFave is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Faculty Affiliate of the East Asian Studies and Global Studies programs at Colby College. His research focuses on the interplay of health, human capital, and labor markets in developing settings. Dan works closely with undergraduate researchers and teaches courses in econometrics, development economics, health economics, and microeconomics. He holds a B.A. in International Studies from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University.

Curriculum Vitae

Publications
Farms, Families, and Markets: New Evidence on Completeness of Markets in Agricultural Settings
   with Duncan Thomas 
   
Econometrica, 2016, 85 (4).

Extended Families and Child Well-being
   with Duncan Thomas
   Journal of Development Economics, 2017, 126.

Mitigating the Consequences of a Health Condition: The Role of Intra- and Interhousehold Assistance
    with Michael Dalton
    
Journal of Health Economics, 2017, 53.

Height and Cognition at Work: Labor Market Productivity in a Low Income Setting
    with Duncan Thomas
   
Economics and Human Biology, 2017, 25.

Family Support and Elderly Well-being in China: Evidence from CHARLS
    Ageing International, 2017, 42 (2).

Race and Retention in a Competitive Labor Market
   with Randy Nelson and Michael Doherty (Colby ’12)
 
 Journal of Sports Economics, 2018, 19 (3).

Cannabis Control and Crime: Medicinal Use, Depenalization, and the War on Drugs
    with Arthur Huber (Colby ’13) and Rebecca Newman (Colby ’13)
   
B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, 2016, 16 (4).    

The Economic Impact of Shale Gas Development
   with Brendan Cosgrove (Colby ’14), Sahan Dissanayake, and Michael Donihue
   Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, 2015, 44 (2)

Working & Submitted Papers
Who Behaves as if Rural Markets are Complete?
    with Evan Peet and Duncan Thomas 

Measuring the Mechanisms of Informal Family Insurance: Time and monetary support in response to poor health
    with Michael Dalton 

Impacts of Improved Biomass Cookstoves on Child and Adult Health: Evidence from Rural Ethiopia
    with Abebe Beyene, Randy Bluffstone, Sahan Dissanayake, Zenebe Gebreegziabher, and Alemu Mekonnen

Stability and Evolution of Preferences for New Technology
    with Sahan Dissanayake, George Voigt (Colby ’17), Abebe Beyene, Randall Bluffstone, Zenebe Gebreegziabher,
    Alemu Mekonnen, Abbie Cooper (Colby ’17), and Michael Toman

Improved Biomass Cookstove Use in the Long-Run
    with Alemu Mekonnen, Abebe Beyene, Randy Bluffstone, Sahan Dissanayake, and Zenebe Gebreegziabher

Preferences and (Mis)Perceptions of Inequality
    with Jingying Xu (Colby ’15) and Emil Kee-Tui (Colby ’19)

A Group Norm and Individual Behavior
    with Oded Stark