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

Fall 2016 Office Hours: MW 1:30-3:30 or by appointment

Curriculum Vitae

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

Height and Cognition at Work: Labor Market Productivity in a Low Income Setting
    with Duncan Thomas – NBER Working Paper No. 22290BREAD Working Paper No. 480
Economics and Human Biology, Forthcoming

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, Forthcoming    

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

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
Extended Families and Child Well-being
   with Duncan Thomas – NBER Working Paper No. 20702
   Revision requested,
Journal of Development Economics

Mitigating the Consequences of a Health Condition: The Role of Intra- and Interhousehold Assistance
    with Michael Dalton – Download
    Revision requested, 
Journal of Health Economics

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

Family Support and Elderly Well-being in China

Preferences and (Mis)Perceptions of Inequality
    with Jingying Xu (Colby ’15)

Work in Progress
Measuring the Mechanisms of Informal Family Insurance 
    with Michael Dalton 

Health Outcomes and Preferences from Improved Stove Adoption Trials in Ethiopia
    with Sahan Dissanayake, Abebe Beyene, Randall Bluffstone, Zenebe Gebreegziabher,
    Alemu Mekonnen, and Michael Toman