Research Projects by Region

Climate Variability, Migration and Intergenerational Transfers

This project examines the ways in which climate variability influences human behavior, focusing on migration and resource-sharing within families. In this project, VanWey studies how risk affects migrant transfers in Mexico. This contributes to her larger work looking at how migrant transfers can be used not only to increase the financial well-being of sending households, but to transform the nature of local social institutions, leading to new schools and the protection of natural resources.

Conditional Cash Transfers to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections in Mexico

This project evaluates conditional economic incentives for the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in high-risk populations in Mexico. The study focuses on willingness to accept cash transfers conditional on being free of sexually transmitted infections in key populations in Mexico, including men who have sex with men in Mexico City. Involved in this project is contingency evaluation techniques; econometric analyses, and cost effectiveness evaluation.

Environmental Outcomes in Mexico and Brazil

Nagavarapu has interdisciplinary projects that examine environmental outcomes in Mexico and Brazil. In Brazil, he looks at the relationship between changes in agricultural prices, wages and forest cover with particular focus on the issue of uses of sugar cane for ethanol. In Mexico, he works with marine biologists Heather Leslie and Sheila Walsh to look at the management of fisheries resources. In particular, the team is examining the extent to which cooperatives can more effectively manage fishing resources through establishment of rights over certain fishing grounds.

Estimating the Impact of Housing Subsidies on Family Outcomes: Evidence from Mexico’s Housing Subsidy Programs

This project studies the effects of the housing subsidy program in Mexico, with particular focus on the notion that increased access to housing influences labor force and civic participation as well as measures of family health and well-being. Using a unique administrative data set, Hastings estimates the impact that home ownership has on economic outcomes such as labor-market stability, civic participation, and investment in savings and childhood education.