Adrienne Lucas is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware, a Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and a Research Network Member of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). She is a development economist specializing in the economics of education and disease. Her current research focuses on the importance of information in school choice decisions, the effect of teacher incentives on student achievement, and using existing school personnel and resources to increase student learning. She has published research on malaria, free primary education, HIV/AIDS, secondary school choice, the return to school quality, and improving early primary school literacy. Prior to joining the University of Delaware, she was an assistant professor of economics at Wellesley College. She received her Ph.D. and A.M. in Economics from Brown University and her B.A. in Economics from Wesleyan University.
- Ph.D. in economics, Brown University, 2006
- A.M. in economics, Brown University, 2004
- B.A. with honors in economics, Phi Beta Kappa, Wesleyan University, 1998
- “Schooling, Wealth, Risky Sexual Behavior, and HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa” with Nicholas L. Wilson. Journal of Development Studies, forthcoming.
- “Can Antiretroviral Therapy At Scale Improve the Health of the Targeted in Sub-Saharan Africa?” with Nicholas L. Wilson. American Journal of Health Economics, Summer 2018, 4(3): 358-382.
- “The Importance of Information Targeting for School Choice” with Kehinde Ajayi and Willa Friedman, forthcoming American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings, May 2017, 107(5): 638-643.
- “Improving Early-Grade Literacy in East Africa: Experimental Evidence from Kenya and Uganda” (PDF), with Patrick J. McEwan, Moses Ngware, and Moses Oketch, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2014, 33(4): 950-976.
- “Effects of School Quality on Student Achievement: Discontinuity Evidence from Kenya” (PDF), with Isaac M. Mbiti, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, July 2014, 6(3): 234:263.
- “Adult Antiretroviral Therapy and Child Health: Evidence from Scale-up in Zambia” (PDF), with Nicholas L. Wilson, American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings, May 2013, 103(3): 456-461
- “The Impact of Malaria Eradication on Fertility” (PDF), Economic Development and Cultural Change, April 2013. 61(3): 607-631
- “Does Free Primary Education Narrow Gender Differences in Schooling Outcomes? Evidence from Kenya” (PDF), with Isaac M. Mbiti, Journal of African Economies, November 2012, 21(5): 691-722.
- “Access, Sorting, and Achievement: the Short-Run Effects of Free Primary Education in Kenya” (PDF), with Isaac M. Mbiti, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, October 2012, 4(4): 226-253.
- “The Determinants and Consequences of School Choice Errors in Kenya” (PDF), with Isaac M. Mbiti, American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings, May 2012, 102(3): 283-288.
- “Malaria Eradication and Educational Attainment: Evidence from Paraguay and Sri Lanka” (PDF), American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, April 2010, 2(2): 46-71.