Lauren Falcao

Lauren Falcao is a PhD student in the Department of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Her most recent research focuses on barriers to efficient private-sector arbitrage in East African agricultural markets. Past projects have explored the link between corruption and social preferences in Kenya and the determinants of demand for health technologies in Tanzania. Before her studies at Berkeley, Lauren served as a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and as a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Effective Global Action.

Content by Lauren Falcao
  • Project

    Quality upgrading and contract enforcement in Uganda's coffee sector

    There has long been interest in the process of structural transformation, moving from subsistence agriculture to the production of manufactured goods (Lewis, 1954). Improving the value of agricultural exports is often considered an important first step in this process. More broadly, there has been growing interest in quality upgrading in developing country markets and firms...

    3 Dec 2019 | Ameet Morjaria, Lauren Falcao, Ritwika Sen

  • Project

    Understanding non-tariff barriers and regional integration in the East African Community

    Non-tariff barriers may be particularly prohibitive to small traders, and therefore may have the unintended consequence of concentrating market power at the border. This can influence the degree of competition in domestic markets within each country. The result is that border policies may affect businesses, farmers, and consumers throughout the country through not only the...

    3 Dec 2019 | Lauren Falcao, Matthew Grant, Meredith Startz

  • Project

    Barriers to market access for smallholder farmers

    In the face of growing food demands from a burgeoning population, East African grain markets are plagued by poor integration.  The symptoms of shallow markets can be seen across space (leading to highly variable prices that do not follow the Law of One Price) as well as across time (leading to prices that tend to be low when farmers are selling and high when they are...

    23 Jul 2015 | Craig McIntosh, Paul Gertler, Lauren Falcao