Willa Friedman

Assistant Professor of Economics

University of Houston

I am an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at the University of Houston. I study development economics with interests in health, education, political economy, and behavioral economics, and a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.

Working Papers

Disruptions to health care quality and early child health outcomes: Evidence from health worker strikes in Kenya

This paper measures the effects of health care quality at birth on early child health outcomes in Kenya. To identify impacts, we …

Institutional Births and Early Child Health: Evidence from Ghana's Free Delivery Policy

Many developing countries have implemented policies to encourage deliveries in formal health facilities to combat maternal and infant …

Local Economic Conditions and Participation in the Rwandan Genocide

This paper uses new data on participation to examine how local economic conditions shaped within-country variation in willingness to …

Book Chapters

The Economics of Genocide in Rwanda

Economic Aspects of Genocides, Other Mass Atrocities, and Their Prevention (2016); edited by Charles H. Anderton, Jurgen Brauer