Lauren Falcao Bergquist focuses her research on development economics and applied microeconomics.
Her work employs experimental tests motivated by economic theory to explore issues of market efficiency and barriers to arbitage in African agricultural markets. Current projects include tests of the degree of competition among agricultural intermediaries and evaluations of financial and technological products designed to help farmers optimally market their produce and reduce market inefficiencies.
She will complete her docotrate in economics at the University of California, Berkeley in May 2017; her dissertation is entitled "Efficiency, Competition, and Welfare in Africal Agricultural Markets."
Before her studies at Berkeley, Lauren served as a junior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and as a senior research associate at the Center for Effective Global Action. She earned her bachelor's degree in economics and political science with honors at Stanford University.