Dan LaFave, Colby College

I am an Associate Professor of Economics and a Faculty Affiliate of the East Asian Studies and Global Studies programs at Colby College. My research focuses on the interplay of health, human capital, and labor markets in developing economies.

I enjoy collaborating with undergraduate researchers and teaching courses in econometrics, development economics, global health economics, and microeconomics. I earned my Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University and a B.A. in International Studies from Boston College.

For 2023-25, I am the Associate Chair of the Economics Department. You may be here looking for Colby…
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Selected Working Papers and Projects in Progress

Farm Profits, Prices and Household Behavior (pdf)
     with Evan Peet and Duncan Thomas 

Extreme Weather Events Impact Risk Tolerance and Time Preferences (pdf)
     with Paula Jaramillo and Lindsey Novak

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

Improved Biomass Cookstove Use in the Longer Run (pdf)
    with Alemu Mekonnen, Abebe Beyene, Randall Bluffstone, Sahan Dissanayake, Zenebe Gebreegziabher, and Michael Toman