Farhan Majid

Farhan Majid

L.E. and Virginia Simmons Fellow in Health and Technology Policy
Office Phone: (713) 348-3780

Farhan Majid CV

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As income inequality has risen in the U.S., some advocates have pressed for increases in minimum wages and/or government-funded basic income programs to help the poorest residents. I am studying these policy mechanisms in a global context to measure their effectiveness in improving population health. Specifically, I am evaluating the effects of federal and state minimum wage policies on malnutrition and mortality rates in more than 50 low- and middle-income countries worldwide. I am also studying the health impacts of a Peruvian government national conditional cash transfer program, which gives money to the poor in return for fulfilling certain conditions, such as following vaccinations schedules. I am also studying the potential for government agricultural subsidies in mitigating the prevalence of HIV in Malawi.


Farhan Majid, Ph.D., is the L.E. and Virginia Simmons Fellow in Health and Technology Policy. Majid’s research examines the effects of government policies to reduce poverty as well as social inequities related to hunger, health and well-being in low- and middle-income settings. He also studies the role of health and nutrition policy in global economic development.

Majid’s research has been published in economics and public health journals and cited by media outlets. He has received grants from the Hewlett Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, The Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to fund his work.

Partnering with local and international collaborators, Majid's research program connects information from household surveys with global policy data, conducts international field work, and utilizes econometric methods to investigate causal relationships between social policies, socioeconomic factors and health outcomes prioritized by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Majid received a dual A.B. and A.M. in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Riverside. He previously has worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and McGill University.



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