Faculty Profile

Elisa  Maffioli, PhD

Elisa Maffioli, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Health Management and Policy
  • 1415 Washington Heights
  • M3116 SPH II
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Elisa is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Health Management and Policy, at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Her research is in development economics, health economics and political economy, with a focus on infectious diseases, maternal and child health, and nutrition in lower income countries. She is currently working in Liberia, Myanmar, Brazil, Mozambique and Nigeria. She also conducted research in Lesotho, Kenya and India. She received her PhD in economics from Duke University in 2018.

  • PhD, Economics, Duke University, Durham (NC) | 2018
  • M.Sc., Economics, Bocconi University, Milan (Italy) | 2012
  • B.Sc., Economics, Bocconi University, Milan (Italy) | 2009

  • Development Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Political Economy

  • Maffioli EM, "The Political Economy of Health Epidemics: Evidence from the Ebola Outbreak" Journal of Development Economics, June 2021.

  • Lee H, Maffioli EM, Veliz PT, Munro-Kramer ML, Phiri TK, Sakala I, Kaunda J, Chiboola NM and Lori JR, "The role of Savings and Internal Lending Groups (SILCs) in improving household wealth and  nancial preparedness for birth in rural Zambia", Health Policy and Planning, April 2021. DOI: 10.1093/heapol/czab049.

  • Maffioli EM, "Collecting Data During an Epidemic: A Novel Mobile Phone Research Method", Journal of International Development, September 2020. doi: 10.1002/jid.3515.

  • Maffioli EM, Prudhomme O'Meara W, Turner EL, Mohanan M. "Can individuals' beliefs help us understand non-adherence to malaria test results? Evidence from rural Kenya", Review of Development Economics, August 2020. DOI: 10.1111/rode.12708.

  • Maffioli EM. "How Is the World Responding to the 2019 Coronavirus Disease Compared to the 2014 West African Ebola Epidemic? The Importance of China as a Player in the Global Economy", Perspective Piece, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, March 2020. doi:

  • Maffioli EM, Saran I, Mohanan M, Prudhomme O'Meara W. "Does improving appropriate use of malaria medicines change population beliefs in testing and treatment? Evidence from a randomized controlled trial", Health Policy and Planning, March 2020.

  • Maffioli EM, Hernandes Rocha TA, Vivas G, Rosales C, Staton C, Nickening Vissoci JR. "Addressing inequalities in medical workforce distribution: Evidence from a quasi-experimental study in Brazil" BMJ Global Health, November 2019; 4:e001827. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2019-001827.

  • Prudhomme O'Meara W, Menya D, Laktabai J, Platt A, Saran I, Maffooli EM, et al. "Improving rational use of ACTs through diagnosis-dependent subsidies: Evidence from a cluster-randomized controlled trial in western Kenya". PLoS Med, July 2018; 15(7): e1002607.

  • Prudhomme O’Meara W, Mohanan M, Laktabai J, Lesser A, Platt A, Maffioli EM, Turner EL, Menya D. “Assessing the independent and combined effects of subsidies for antimalarials and rapid diagnostic testing on fever management decisions in the retail sector: results from a factorial randomised trial in western Kenya”.  BMJ Global Health, Sept 2016; 1(2):e000101