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Rebecca L. Thornton

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.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

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.

Godlonton, Susan, and Rebecca L. Thornton. 2013. "Learning from Others’ HIV Testing: Updating Beliefs and Responding to Risk." American Economic Review, 103(3): 439-444. NIHMSID: NIHMS515993. DOI.

Keswell, M., J. Burns, and Rebecca L. Thornton. 2012. "Evaluating the Impact of Health Programmes on Productivity." African Development Review, 24(4): 302-315. 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. NIHMSID: NIHMS518143. DOI. Abstract.

Oster, E., and Rebecca L. Thornton. 2012. "Determinants of Technology Adoption: Peer Effects in Menstrual Cup Take-Up." Journal of the European Economic Association, 10(6): 1263-1293. DOI. Abstract.

Thornton, Rebecca L. 2012. "HIV testing, subjective beliefs and economic behavior." Journal of Development Economics, 99(2): 300-313. NIHMSID: NIHMS518426. DOI. Abstract.

Godlonton, Susan, and Rebecca L. Thornton. 2012. "Peer effects in learning HIV results." Journal of Development Economics, 97(1): 118-129. PMCID: PMC3212403. 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.

Thornton, Rebecca L., Laurel E. Hatt, Erica M. Field, Mursaleena Islam, Freddy Solis Diaz, and Martha Azucena Gonzalez. 2010. "Social security health insurance for the informal sector in Nicaragua: a randomized evaluation." Health Economics, 19(Suppl. 1): 181-206. DOI. Abstract.

View additional select publications of Rebecca L. Thornton

Current PSC Trainee:

Jason Kerwin.