Research

Publication

Knowledge, Stigma, and HIV Testing: An Analysis of a Widespread HIV/AIDS Program,” with Dean Yang, Arlete Mahumane, James Riddell, and James Allen. Journal of Development Economics, forthcoming. [PDF]

A previous version under the title “Direct and Spillover Impacts of a Community-Level HIV/AIDS Program: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Mozambique” is accepted at JDE based on pre-results review. [PDF] [ClinicalTrials.gov Registry] [AEA Registry]

Working Papers

Teaching and Incentives: Substitutes or Complements?”, with Dean Yang, James Allen, Arlete Mahumane, James Riddell, and Tanya Rosenblat. revise and resubmit, Economics of Education Review. [PDF][AEA Registry]

"Social Stigma as a Barrier to HIV Testing: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Mozambique." [PDF] [AEA Registry]

"Correcting Perceived Social Distancing Norms to Combat COVID-19." with James Allen, Arlete Mahumane, James Riddell, Tanya Rosenblat, and Dean Yang. [PDF] [AEA Registry]

"The Value of Political Connections for Firms: The Case of Outside Directors in China."[PDF]

Work in Progress

“Interventions to Improve Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence in Beira, Mozambique,” with Dean Yang, James Riddell, Arlete Mahumane, and Jared Stolove. [ClinicalTrials.gov Registry] [AEA Registry]

Study instruments: Videos for the informational intervention in Portuguese and Sena, with English transcripts; Protocol for the stigma-relieving intervention

  • Abstract: Many people living with HIV in Sub Sahara Africa failed to adhere to free Anti-retroviral Therapy (ART), the medical treatment for HIV that can stop the virus from progressing and transmitting. This paper seeks to identify the barriers to treatment adherence. We recruit patients that are new on ART from a large health center in Mozambique and randomly provide interventions to assist them in overcoming the limited attention problem, information imperfection, or social stigma concerns. We track the medication possession ratio (MPR) in six months to evaluate the interventions and benchmark their effects against conditional cash transfers. Moreover, to shed light on the spillovers of the interventions, we offer coupons for the participants to refer their partners to get tested. The experiment result will inform us of behavioral patterns of the population that are economically and physically vulnerable. Effective interventions are ready to be scaled up in HIV-treatment facilities in resource-constrained environments.