Prof. Guiteras has a Ph.D in Economics from M.I.T. and a B.A. in Economics and History from Amherst College. His areas of expertise include development economics; environmental economics; and economics of water, sanitation and hygiene in developing countries.
Dr. Guiteras’ current research focuses on the ways that households in developing countries act to protect themselves from environmental health risks, in particular through investments and behaviours related to clean water and sanitation. His recent papers have been concentrated on the effect of social interactions on investment in sanitation and a variety of environmental health issues in Cambodia, Bangladesh, India and Ghana. He also has an ongoing project regarding how arsenic exposure affects cognitive ability and how exposure to floods affect children, both in Bangladesh.