Labor Outmigration, Agricultural Productivity and Food Security (Economic & Social Research Council)
Response of Malawians' Sexual Behavior to Information about HIV Transmission Risks (Russell Sage Foundation)
Faculty Associate, Population Studies Center.
Assistant Professor, Economics.
Ph.D., Harvard University
Dr. Thornton's research focuses on issues related to health and education in developing countries and has involved field-experiments in Africa and South Asia. Current work includes examining how learning HIV results affect savings and investment behavior, measuring how financial incentives to stay HIV negative affect sexual behavior, and examining how menstruation affects education and labor force participation.
Kerwin, Jason, Rebecca L. Thornton, and Sallie M. Foley. 2014. "Prevalence of and Factors Associated with Oral Sex among Rural and Urban Malawian Men." International Journal of Sexual Health, 26(1): 66-77. DOI. Abstract.
Kohler, H., and Rebecca L. Thornton. 2012. "Conditional Cash Transfers and HIV/AIDS Prevention: Unconditionally Promising?" World Bank Economic Review, 26(2): 165-190. PMCID: PMC3849819. DOI. Abstract.
Kerwin, Jason, S. Foley, Rebecca L. Thornton, P. Basinga, and J. Chinkhumba. 2011. "Missing safer sex strategies in HIV prevention: a call for further research." African Population Studies, 25(2): 267-285.
Oster, Emily, and Rebecca L. Thornton. 2011. "Menstruation, Sanitary Products and School Attendance: Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 3(1): 91-100. DOI. Abstract.