Andrew Foster, George and Nancy Parker Professor of Economics, Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, and Director of the Population Studies and Training Center received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1988. He is an empirical microeconomist with interests in the areas of population, environment, development, and health. Recent work has examined economic growth in rural India, exploring such issues as growth in the non-farm economy, the effects of local democratization, groundwater usage, forest cover, household structure, inequality, and schooling. He also is exploring the effects of recent changes in air quality in Delhi. Foster also has a series of projects with colleagues in the Center for Gerentology examining the market for nursing home care.
Andrew Foster studies household and family economics, health economics, economic development, environmental economics, and economic demography.
A.D. Foster and M.R. Rosenzweig, "Technological Change and the Distribution of Schooling: Evidence from Green-Revolution India" Journal of Development Economics, 74(1):87-111, 2004.
A.D. Foster and M.R. Rosenzweig, "Agricultural Productivity Growth, Rural Economic Diversity, and Economic Reforms: India, 1970-2000" Economic Development and Cultural Change, 52(3), 2004.
A.D. Foster and M.R. Rosenzweig, AEconomic Growth and the Rise of Forests.@ Quarterly Journal of Economics, 118(2): 601-637, 2003.
A.D. Foster and M.R. Rosenzweig, AHousehold Division, Inequality and Rural Economic Growth@, Review of Economic Studies, 2002, vol. 69(4): 839-69.
A.D. Foster and M.R. Rosenzweig, "Does Economic Growth Increase the Demand for Schools? Evidence from Rural India, 1960-2000," Chapter 8 in A. O. Krueger, ed., Economic Policy Reforms and the Indian Economy, University of Chicago Press, 2002
A.D. Foster, ADemographic Analysis of Community, Cohort, and Panel Data from Low-Income Countries: Methodological Issues@, in Leveraging Longitudinal Data, NAS Press, 2002.
A.D. Foster and M.R. Rosenzweig,AImperfect Commitment, Altruism, and the Family: Evidence from Transfer Behavior in Low-Income Rural Areas@, Review of Economics and Statistics, August 2001 83(3):389-407.
Allen S.M., Foster A.D., Berg K. AReceiving help at home: The interplay of human and technological assistance@ Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 56B(6): S374-S382, 2001
A.D. Foster and M.R. Rosenzweig, "A Test for Moral Hazard in the Labor Market: Effort, Health and Calorie Consumption", Review of Economics and Statistics, 76(2): 213-227, May 1994. Reprinted in P. Bardhan and C. Udry, editors Readings in Microeconomic Development,, MIT Press, 2000
A.D. Foster and M.R. Rosenzweig, "Learning by Doing and Learning from Others: Human Capital and Technical Change in Agriculture", Journal of Political Economy, 103 (6): 1176-1209, December 1995. Reprinted in P. Bardhan and C. Udry, editors, Readings in Microeconomic Development, MIT Press, 2000 and in Readings in Economic Development, Oxford University Press, 2000
A.D. Foster and J. Hahn, A consistent semiparametric estimation of the consumer surplus distribution, Economics Letters, 2000, 69(3):245-251.
A.D. Foster and M.R. Rosenzweig, "Financial Intermediation, Transfers and Commitment: Do Banks Crowd Out Private Insurance Arrangements in Low Income Rural Areas?" A. Mason and G. Tapinos, eds., Sharing the Wealth: Demographic Change and Economic Transfers between Generations, Oxford University Press, 2000
Review of Population Dynamics: A New Economic Approach, Journal of Political Economy. December 1999
J. Behrman, A.D. Foster, M.R. Rosenzweig and P. Vashishtha "Women's Schooling, Home Teaching, and Economic Growth", August 1999, Journal of Political Economy, 682-714
J.Behrman, A.D. Foster and M.R. Rosenzweig "Dynamic Savings Decisions in Agricultural Environments with Incomplete Markets", Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, 15:2 (April), 282 292, 1997
S. Preston, I. Elo, H. Fu, and A.D. Foster AReconstructing the Size of the African-American Population by Age and Sex: 1930-1990@, 1997 Demography 35(1): 1-21
J. Behrman, A.D. Foster and M.R. Rosenzweig, AThe Dynamics of Agricultural Production and the Calorie-Income Relationship: Evidence from Pakistan", Journal of Econometrics, 77: 187-207, 1997
Review of Population, Economic Development and the Environment, by K. Lindahl-Kiessling and H. Landberg (eds.), Journal of Development Economics,49(2): 394-400, 1996
M. Over, D. Jolliffe, and A.D. Foster, "Huber Correction for Two Stage Least Squared Estimation", Stata Technical Bulletin, pp. 24-25, January 1996
A.D. Foster and M.R. Rosenzweig, "Comparative Advantage, Information and the Allocation of Workers to Tasks: Evidence from an Agricultural Labor Market", Review of Economic Studies, 63(3): 347-374, July 1996
A.D. Foster and M.R. Rosenzweig, "Technical Change and Human Capital Returns and Investments: Evidence from the Green Revolution", American Economic Review, 86(4): 931-953 September 1996
C. Peterson, O. Rahman, J. Menken, A.D. Foster, M.N. Khan, R.Kuhn, and P. Gertler The 1996 Matlab Health and Socioeconomic Survey: Overview and User=s Guide, RAND, 1999
A.D. Foster, "Prices, Credit Constraints, and Child Growth in Rural Bangladesh", Economic Journal, 105(430): 551-570, May 1995
A.D. Foster, "Nutrition and Health Investment", American Economic Review, 1995 Proceedings, 85(2): 148-152, May 1995
A.D. Foster, "Poverty and Illness in Low-Income Countries", American Economic Review, 1994 Proceedings, 84(2): 216-220, May 1994
A.D. Foster and M.R. Rosenzweig "Information, Learning, and Wage Rates in Rural Labor Markets", Journal of Human Resources, 28(4): 759-790, 1994. Reprinted in T. Paul Schultz, editor Investment in Women=s Human Capital, University of Chicago Press, pp138-170
A.D. Foster and M.R. Rosenzweig, "Information Flows and Discrimination in Labor Market in Low-Income Countries" World Bank Economic Review, Supplement pp. 173-203, 1993
A.D. Foster, "Household Partition in Rural Bangladesh", Population Studies, 47(1): 97-114, March 1993
National Academy of Science Working Group on the Demographic Effects of Economic Reversals, The Demographic Effects of Economic Reversals in Sub-Saharan Africa, National Academy of Science Press, 1993
O. Rahman, J.E. Menken and A.D. Foster "Older Widow Mortality in Rural Bangladesh", Social Science and Medicine, 34(1): 89-96, January 1992
A.D. Foster, "Are Cohort Rates Autocorrelated?" Demography, 28(4): 619-37, 1991
A. Razzaque, N. Islam, L. Wei, and A.D. Foster, "Sustained Effects of Famine on Infant and Child Mortality", Population Studies, 44: 145-154, 1990
A.D. Foster "Cohort Analysis and Demographic Translation: A Comparative Study of Recent Trends in Age Specific Fertility Rates From Europe and North America", Population Studies, 44: 287-315, 1990
A.D. Foster, A. Chowdhury, J. Menken, and J. Trussell "Age at Menarche and its Influence on Fertility." Fertility Determinants: Research Notes, No. 10, Population Council, 5 pp., September 1986
Review of Height, Health and History: Nutritional Status in the United Kingdom, 1750-1980 by R. Floud and K. Wachter and Nutrition and Economic Development in the Eighteenth-Century Habsburg Monarchy: An Anthropometric History by J. Komlos, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 518: 217-19, November 1991
C.F. Westoff, G. Calot, and A. D. Foster, "Teenage Fertility in Developed Nations: 1971 1980." Family Planning Perspectives, 15(3):105 11, May/June 1983. Also International Family Planning Perspectives, 9(2): 45 50, June 1983
C.F. Westoff, G. Calot, and A. D. Foster, "Le fecondite des adolescentes dans les pays developpes au cours del la decennie 1970" Contraception fertilite sexualite, 12(12):1343 52, December 1984
Foster, Andrew D. "Altruism, Household Co-residence and Women's Health Investment in Rural Bangladesh", The Social Economics of Poverty: Identities, Groups, Communities and Networks, London: Routledge, forthcoming.
Foster, Andrew D. "A Review of 10 Years of work on Economic Growth and Population Change in Rural India", in Population, Land Use, and Environment, Washington, NAS press, forthcoming.
Dorothy Thomas Award, Population Association of America, 1987
Fellowship, Population Council, 1986-1988
Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 1983-1986
Summa Cum Laude, Princeton University, 1983
Thesis Prize, Civil Engineering, Princeton University, 1983
Bureau of Research and Economic Analysis of Development conference organizer, 2004
National Academy of Science, Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change, member, 2004-present
Econometric Society, summer meetings Organizing Committee, 2004
National Institutes of Health, SSPS Review Committee, permanent member, 2002-present
National Institutes of Health, Population Center Grant Review Committee, 2003
National Academy of Science, Workshop on Research on Population, Land Use and Enviornment
Bureau of Research and Economic Analysis of Development, board member, 2002-present
Social Science Research Council, Economics Advisory Committee meeting, 2002
National Academy of Science, Committee on "Leveraging longitudinal data in developing countries." 2001
National Institutes of Health, Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch, Agenda Setting Committee, 2001
National Institute of Child Health and Development, Program Project Review, 2000
National Institutes of Health, Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch, Agenda Setting Committee, 1999
National Institute of Aging, Program Project Review, 1998
National Institute of Aging, Study Section, 1997
IUSSP Committee on Economic Demography, 1992-1993
Committee on Demographic Effects of Structural Adjustment Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa, National Research Council, 1990-91
Expert Group on the Economic Consequences of Health in Developing Countries, National Research Council, 1990
Social Science Advisory Group, International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research in Bangladesh,1990
Dorothy Thomas Prize Committee, Population Association of America, 1989-1992
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|ECON 1530 - Health, Hunger and the Household in Developing Countries|
|ECON 2510 - Economic Development I|
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