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. 

Research Grant Projects

This project aims to quantify the competitiveness of rural agricultural markets, and to test whether the entry of new intermediaries into markets can enhance competition and increase consumer welfare.
As prices for staple foods fluctuate seasonally, there is room for arbitrage by entrepeneurs. This project investigates potential barriers to arbitrage, such as missing credit markets, government policies, high costs, or entrepreneurial attitudes to develop policy insights into removing these barriers.