Professor of Economics, Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Brown University
Andrew Foster, Professor of Economics, Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, and Director of the Population Studies and Training Center received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1988. He is an empirical microeconomist with interests in the areas of population, environment, development, and health. Recent work has examined economic growth in rural India, exploring such issues as growth in the non-farm economy, the effects of local democratization, groundwater usage, forest cover, household structure, inequality, and schooling. He also is exploring the effects of recent changes in air quality in Delhi. Foster also has a series of projects with colleagues in the Center for Gerentology examining the market for nursing home care.
Recent work by Andrew Foster
Farm size and productivity: Evidence from India
As small farms grow productivity declines, but past a certain threshold output and productivity increase
Risk and schooling investments: Evidence from India
An increase in risk can reduce the probability of a child attending school by 4–5%