UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

Ph.D. Alumnus K. Aleks Schaefer Wins AAEA Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

Aug. 27, 2018

Ph.D. Alumnus K. Aleks Schaefer, 2017, won the 2018 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award for his dissertation, The Economics of Artemisinin and the Global Spread of Malaria.

Schaefer is currently an assistant professor in agribusiness at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London.


Artemisinin-based anti-malarials are currently the most effective treatment for malaria. However, recent evidence of resistance to artemisinin has raised concerns about future efficacy. In this dissertation, I address three key economic and policy issues related to the market for artemisinin and consider their implications for disease transmission and antimicrobial resistance. ... My results show that appropriate policy solutions must be global in nature. One household’s treatment decision has implications for households across the world, and for many years thereafter. These findings highlight the need for economic decision-making in the management of infectious disease. Market responses to the incentives created by well-designed policies can slow the rate of resistance to artemisinin and reduce the global malaria burden.


Schaefer, K. Aleks. 2017. The Economics of Artemisinin and the Global Spread of Malaria. University of California Press.


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