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. His current projects draw from longitudinal data in Indonesia and China to provide new insights on questions of interest across the social sciences. Dan works closely with undergraduate researchers and teaches courses in development economics, microeconomics, and econometrics. He holds a B.A. in International Studies from Boston College, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University.

Curriculum Vitae


Working & Submitted Papers
 1.  Farms, Families, and Markets: New Evidence on Agricultural Labor Markets
        with Duncan Thomas – Download – NBER Working Paper No. 20699
        Revision requested, 

2.  Extended Families and Child Well-being
       with Duncan Thomas – Download – NBER Working Paper No. 20702

3.  Mitigating the Consequences of a Health Condition: Family Insurance in the PSID
        with Michael Dalton – Download
        Revision requested,
 Journal of Human Resources       

4.  Are Rural Markets Complete? Prices, Profits, and Separation
        with Evan Peet and Duncan Thomas – Download

5.  Height and Cognition at Work: Labor Market Performance in a Low Income Setting
        with Duncan Thomas – Download

6.  Cannabis Control and Crime: Medicinal Use, Depenalization, and the War on Drugs
        with Arthur Huber (Colby ’13) and Rebecca Newman (Colby ’13) - Request

7. Family Support and Elderly Well-being in China – Request

8. The Economic Impacts of Shale Gas Development
        with Brendan Cosgrove (Colby ’14), Sahan Dissanayake, and Michael Donihue
        Revision requested,
Agricultural and Resource Economics Review

9.  Race and Retention in a Competitive Labor Market
        with Randy Nelson and Michael Doherty (Colby ’12)