Sebastian Linnemayr

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Associate Director, Research and Policy in International Development (RAPID); Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in economics, Université de la Mediterranée; M.Phil. in economics, Oxford University; M.A. in international relations, Johns Hopkins University; M.A. in business administration, University of Vienna


Sebastian Linnemayr is an economist at the RAND Corporation; associate director of the RAND Center on Research and Policy in International Development (RAPID), part of RAND Labor and Population; and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His current research focuses on the use of economic incentives and the application of insights from behavioral economics to improve complex, chronic health behaviors. He travels frequently to Uganda where he is implementing several interventions funded by the National Institutes of Health to increase medication adherence among people living with HIV. Linnemayr joined RAND in August 2009 after having finished his position as postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Recent Projects

  • Variable Rewards for Improving ARV Adherence
  • Improving Drug Adherence Among Adolescents in Uganda using SMS Reminders

Selected Publications

David Bloom, David Canning, Isabel Guenther, Sebastian Linnemayr, "Fertility Choice, Mortality Expectations, and Interdependent Preferences: An Empirical Analysis," European Economic Review (forthcoming)

Sebastian Linnemayr, Datar, Ashlesha, Jenny Liu, Chad Stecher, "The Impact of Natural Disasters on Child Health and Investments in Rural India," Social Science and Medicine (forthcoming)

Sebastian Linnemayr, Harold Alderman, "Almost Random: Evaluating a Large-Scale Randomized Nutrition Program in the Presence of Crossover," Journal of Development Economics, 96:106-114, 2011

Sebastian Linnemayr, Brooke Stearns Lawson, Peter Glick, Glenn Wagner, "Economic Status and Coping Mechanisms of Individuals Seeking HIV Care in Uganda," Journal of African Economies, 2011

Linnemayr, Sebastian, "Consumption Smoothing and HIV/AIDS: The Case of Two Communities in South Africa," Economic Development and Cultural Change, 2010

Linnemayr, Sebastian, Harold Alderman, "Anemia In Low Income Countries Is Unlikely To Be Addressed By Economic Development Without," Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 2009

Linnemayr, Sebastian, Harold Alderman, Biram Ndiaye, "Effectiveness of a Community-based Intervention to Improve Nutrition in Young Children in Senegal: a Difference in Difference Analysis," Public Health Nutrition, 9:667-673, 2009

Linnemayr, Sebastian, Harold Alderman, Abdoulaye Ka, "Determinants of Malnutrition in Senegal: Individual, Household, Community Variables and Their Interaction," Economics and Human Biology, 6(2):253-262, 2008


  • Women walk near a poster displaying a government message against Ebola, at a maternity hospital in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, August 14, 2014

    The Economic Rationale for Investing in Family Planning in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Proven benefits to reduced fertility — or to delayed start to childbearing and greater spacing between births — include lower maternal mortality, fewer unsafe abortions, reduced risks from early childbearing, and women's ability to engage in more income-generating opportunities.

    Aug 3, 2016 The World Bank Investing in Health Blog