Research

Current projects

Using field experiments in Zimbabwe I’m evaluating the influence of risk, time and social preferences on risky sexual behaviour, uptake of HIV testing and prevention methods; See more here on the two randomised controlled trials to improve uptake of PrEP and VMMC. This project is being implemented through the Manicaland Centre for Public Health Research.

Working papers

Do large public investments in health reduce agricultural labour absenteeism? Evidence using administrative data from sugarcane fields in Southern Mozambique. (with Laia Cirera and Elisa Sicuri)

The impact of universal testing and treatment for HIV on productivity – Evidence from the HPTN 071 (PopART) Trial. (with Julius Ohrnberger, Richard Hayes, Katharina Hauck and the PopART Team).

Selected publications

Thomas R., Probert W., Sauter R., et al. Cost and cost-effectiveness of a universal HIV testing and treatment intervention in Zambia and South Africa: Evidence and projections from the HPTN 071(PopART) TrialThe Lancet Global Health. 2021 Volume 9, Issue 5, e668-e680.

Morton A, Arulselvan A, Thomas RA, 2018, Allocation Rules for Global Donors., Journal of Health Economics, Vol:58, ISSN:0167-6296, Pages:67-75

Thomas RA, Burger R, Harper A, et al., 2017, Differences in health-related quality of life between HIV-positive and HIV-negative people in Zambia and South Africa: a cross-sectional baseline survey of the HPTN 071 (PopART) trial, The Lancet Global Health, Vol:5, ISSN:2214-109X, Pages:e1133-e1141

Morton A, Thomas R., Smith P, 2016, Decision rules for allocation of finances to health systems strengthening, Journal of Health Economics, Vol: 49, Pages: 97-108, ISSN: 0167-6296