Christine Valente wins Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant
19 July 2017
Christine Valente (Department of Economics) wins a US$100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on “Subjective Expectations and Demand for Contraception”.
Christine Valente will lead a project collecting data on quantitative beliefs of women in Mozambique on contraceptive use to measure the relative importance of factors such as fear of side effects that inhibit use in order to help implement more effective methods. Many women in developing countries avoid contraceptives, but the reasons, and importantly how women value those different reasons, remain unclear. In collaboration with Grant Miller (Stanford) and Áureo de Paula (UCL), she will design and conduct a survey to quantify key beliefs on contraceptives among 650 women who do not want to become pregnant within two years from three provinces in Mozambique. This will enable them to identify ways to correct any false beliefs, such as by providing specific information on the risk of pregnancy in the absence of contraception, to increase contraceptive use.