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Aine Seitz McCarthy

Assistant Professor of Economics

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Aine McCarthy joined the Economics Department at Lewis & Clark in 2016. She completed her Ph.D. in applied economics at University of Minnesota. Her fields of research include international development, microeconomics, demography, health and behavior. 

Dr. McCarthy uses experimental methods, extensive fieldwork and econometrics to address policy questions in health and development. Her dissertation research measures the impact of a community family planning program in rural Tanzania. 

Prior to graduate school, Dr. McCarthy worked at the RAND Corporation in Washington, DC. 


Economic Development, Health Economics, Applied Microeconomics, Demography, Econometrics


ECON 100: Principles of Economics

ECON 232: Economic Development

ECON 302: Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory

ECON 399: Global Health Economics

ECON 433: Senior Seminar


Working Papers

“His and Her Fertility Preferences: An Experimental Evaluation of Asymmetric Information in Tanzania” [PDF]

“Water, Walls and Bicycles: Wealth Index Composition Using Census Microdata” (With Rodrigo Lovaton Davila, Dorothy Gondwe, Phatta Kirdruang and Uttam Sharma)” Minnesota Population Center Working Paper 2014-7.  [PDF]

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Brooke L. Krause, Aine Seitz McCarthy and David Chapman. (2015). Fueling financial literacy: Estimating the impact of youth entrepreneurship training in Tanzania. Journal of Development Effectiveness. DOI:10.1080/19439342.2015.1092463  [PDF]

Charles Nemfakos, Irv Blickstein, Aine Seitz McCarthy and Jerry M. Sollinger. The Perfect Storm: The Goldwater-Nichols Act and Its Effect on Navy Acquisition. RAND Occasional Paper 308-NAVY. Santa Monica, CA: RAND 2010. [LINK]
Harry J. Thie, Margaret C. Harrell, Aine Seitz McCarthy, and Joseph Jenkins. Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES): Manpower, Personnel and Training Implications. RAND Monograph 896-NAVY. Santa Monica, CA: RAND 2009. [LINK]

Works in Progress

“Favoritism and Fertilizer: The Effect of Polygyny on Household Allocation of Agricultural Resources” (with Amy Damon)
Impact Evaluation of Improving Girls Access to Education (IGATE) Zimbabwe” (with Brooke L. Krause, Paul Glewwe, Kristi Fair and Shirley Miske)

“Population Growth and Deforestation in the Serengeti Ecosystem” (with Amy Damon and Brooke Krause)

“Food Security and Gender in Maasai Households: An Application of Pro-WEAI (Project Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index) to Northern Tanzania
” (with Marc F. Bellemare and Brooke L. Krause)

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Aine Seitz McCarthy Assistant Professor of Economics

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