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Bruce Larson, PhD

TitleResearch Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentGlobal Health
Address801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 414-1457
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-9322-2387
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Dr. Larson is an applied economist with the Department of Global Health and the Center for Global Health and Development (CGHD). Dr. Larson has conducted research activities in about 25 countries over the past 28 years, mainly in Africa, the former Soviet Union and the US. Before joining Boston University, Larson was an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Connecticut, a Research Associate with the Harvard Institute for International Development, a Research Fellow with Winrock International, and an Agricultural Economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As part of these activities, he was based in Tallinn, Riga, and Moscow during 1994-1997 and Nairobi during 2005-2006.

Since joining Boston University, his research has focused on economic evaluations of public health programs and interventions in clinical and community settings with experimental and quasi-experimental designs. Most of this evaluation work has been based on primary data collected in collaboration with colleagues and institutions in the country of focus (e.g., the Kenya Medical Research Institute/ Walter Reed Project, the Health Economics and Epidemiology Office of the University of Witwatersrand, and the Zambia Centre for Applied Health Research and Development). His evaluation research has addressed a range of topics, such as the impacts of HIV treatment on labor productivity, costs and usefulness of point-of-care technologies (CD4 tests, rapid syphilis tests, rapid malaria tests), costs of HIV care and treatment, and improving delivery of prevention of mother-to-child transmission).

Note: The publications list below does not include publications outside of public health (e.g. agriculture, environment, development, international trade). See, for example, EconLit for these other publications.

 Self-Described Keywords
  • economics
  • health economics
  • economic evaluation
  • costing analyses
  • cost-effectiveness analysis
  • sub-Saharan Africa, the former Soviet Union
 Publications
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  1. Chiu C, Johnson LF, Jamieson L, Larson BA, Meyer-Rath G. Designing an optimal HIV programme for South Africa: Does the optimal package change when diminishing returns are considered? BMC Public Health. 2017 Jan 31; 17(1):143. PMID: 28143525.
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  2. Larson BA, Ngoma T, Silumbe K, Rutagwera MR, Hamainza B, Winters AM, Miller JM, Scott CA. A framework for evaluating the costs of malaria elimination interventions: an application to reactive case detection in Southern Province of Zambia, 2014. Malar J. 2016 Aug 11; 15(1):408. PMID: 27515533.
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  3. Rosen S, Fox MP, Larson BA, Sow PS, Ehrenkranz PD, Venter F, Manabe YC, Kaplan J. Accelerating the Uptake and Timing of Antiretroviral Therapy Initiation in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Operations Research Agenda. PLoS Med. 2016 Aug; 13(8):e1002106. PMID: 27505444.
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  4. Larson BA, Rockers PC, Bonawitz R, Sriruttan C, Glencross DK, Cassim N, Coetzee LM, Greene GS, Chiller TM, Vallabhaneni S, Long L, van Rensburg C, Govender NP. Screening HIV-Infected Patients with Low CD4 Counts for Cryptococcal Antigenemia prior to Initiation of Antiretroviral Therapy: Cost Effectiveness of Alternative Screening Strategies in South Africa. PLoS One. 2016; 11(7):e0158986. PMID: 27390864.
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  5. Halim N, Spielman K, Larson B. The economic consequences of selected maternal and early childhood nutrition interventions in low- and middle-income countries: a review of the literature, 2000-2013. BMC Womens Health. 2015; 15:33. PMID: 25887257.
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  6. Larson B, Tindikahwa A, Mwidu G, Kibuuka H, Magala F. How much does it cost to improve access to voluntary medical male circumcision among high-risk, low-income communities in Uganda? PLoS One. 2015; 10(3):e0119484. PMID: 25774677.
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  7. Schnippel K, Mongwenyana C, Long LC, Larson BA. Delays, interruptions, and losses from prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV services during antenatal care in Johannesburg, South Africa: a cohort analysis. BMC Infect Dis. 2015; 15:46. PMID: 25656597.
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  8. Marseille E, Larson B, Kazi DS, Kahn JG, Rosen S. Thresholds for the cost-effectiveness of interventions: alternative approaches. Bull World Health Organ. 2015 Feb 01; 93(2):118-24. PMID: 25883405.
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  9. Larson BA, Lembela-Bwalya D, Bonawitz R, Hammond EE, Thea DM, Herlihy J. Finding a needle in the haystack: the costs and cost-effectiveness of syphilis diagnosis and treatment during pregnancy to prevent congenital syphilis in Kalomo District of Zambia. PLoS One. 2014; 9(12):e113868. PMID: 25478877.
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  10. Scott CA, Iyer HS, McCoy K, Moyo C, Long L, Larson BA, Rosen S. Retention in care, resource utilization, and costs for adults receiving antiretroviral therapy in Zambia: a retrospective cohort study. BMC Public Health. 2014; 14:296. PMID: 24684772.
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  11. Iyer HS, Scott CA, Lembela Bwalya D, Meyer-Rath G, Moyo C, Bolton Moore C, Larson BA, Rosen S. Resource Utilization and Costs of Care prior to ART Initiation for Pediatric Patients in Zambia. AIDS Res Treat. 2014; 2014:235483. PMID: 24711925.
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  12. Rosen S, Larson B, Rohr J, Sanne I, Mongwenyana C, Brennan AT, Galárraga O. Effect of antiretroviral therapy on patients' economic well being: five-year follow-up. AIDS. 2014 Jan 28; 28(3):417-24. PMID: 24076660.
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  13. Scott CA, Iyer HS, Lembela Bwalya D, Bweupe M, Rosen SB, Scott N, Larson BA. Uptake, outcomes, and costs of antenatal, well-baby, and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV services under routine care conditions in Zambia. PLoS One. 2013; 8(8):e72444. PMID: 24015245.
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  14. Larson BA. Calculating disability-adjusted-life-years lost (DALYs) in discrete-time. Cost Eff Resour Alloc. 2013; 11(1):18. PMID: 23927817.
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  15. Larson BA, Schnippel K, Brennan A, Long L, Xulu T, Maotoe T, Rosen S, Sanne I, Fox MP. Same-Day CD4 Testing to Improve Uptake of HIV Care and Treatment in South Africa: Point-of-Care Is Not Enough. AIDS Res Treat. 2013; 2013:941493. PMID: 23956850.
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  16. Scott CA, Iyer H, Bwalya DL, McCoy K, Meyer-Rath G, Moyo C, Bolton-Moore C, Larson B, Rosen S. Retention in care and outpatient costs for children receiving antiretroviral therapy in Zambia: a retrospective cohort analysis. PLoS One. 2013; 8(6):e67910. PMID: 23840788.
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  17. Clouse K, Pettifor A, Shearer K, Maskew M, Bassett J, Larson B, Van Rie A, Sanne I, Fox MP. Loss to follow-up before and after delivery among women testing HIV positive during pregnancy in Johannesburg, South Africa. Trop Med Int Health. 2013 Apr; 18(4):451-60. PMID: 23374278.
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  18. Larson BA, Bii M, Henly-Thomas S, McCoy K, Sawe F, Shaffer D, Rosen S. ART treatment costs and retention in care in Kenya: a cohort study in three rural outpatient clinics. J Int AIDS Soc. 2013; 16:18026. PMID: 23305696.
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  19. Larson BA, Fox MP, Bii M, Rosen S, Rohr J, Shaffer D, Sawe F, Wasunna M, Simon JL. Antiretroviral therapy, labor productivity, and sex: a longitudinal cohort study of tea pluckers in Kenya. AIDS. 2013 Jan 2; 27(1):115-23. PMID: 23014516.
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  20. Larson BA, Wambua N, Masila J, Wangai S, Rohr J, Brooks M, Bryant M. Exploring impacts of multi-year, community-based care programs for orphans and vulnerable children: a case study from Kenya. AIDS Care. 2013; 25 Suppl 1:S40-5. PMID: 23745629.
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  21. Zurovac D, Larson BA, Sudoi RK, Snow RW. Costs and cost-effectiveness of a mobile phone text-message reminder programmes to improve health workers' adherence to malaria guidelines in Kenya. PLoS One. 2012; 7(12):e52045. PMID: 23272206.
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  22. Larson BA, Schnippel K, Ndibongo B, Xulu T, Brennan A, Long L, Fox MP, Rosen S. Rapid point-of-care CD4 testing at mobile HIV testing sites to increase linkage to care: an evaluation of a pilot program in South Africa. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2012 Oct 1; 61(2):e13-7. PMID: 22659650.
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  23. Fox MP, Larson B, Rosen S. Defining retention and attrition in pre-antiretroviral HIV care: proposals based on experience in Africa. Trop Med Int Health. 2012 Oct; 17(10):1235-44. PMID: 22863075.
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  24. Bryant M, Beard J, Sabin L, Brooks MI, Scott N, Larson BA, Biemba G, Miller C, Simon J. PEPFAR's support for orphans and vulnerable children: some beneficial effects, but too little data, and programs spread thin. Health Aff (Millwood). 2012 Jul; 31(7):1508-18. PMID: 22778340.
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  25. Thirumurthy H, Galárraga O, Larson B, Rosen S. HIV treatment produces economic returns through increased work and education, and warrants continued US support. Health Aff (Millwood). 2012 Jul; 31(7):1470-7. PMID: 22778336.
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  26. Larson B, Schnippel K, Ndibongo B, Long L, Fox MP, Rosen S. How to estimate the cost of point-of-care CD4 testing in program settings: an example using the Alere Pima Analyzer in South Africa. PLoS One. 2012; 7(4):e35444. PMID: 22532854.
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  27. Larson BA, Wambua N. How to calculate the annual costs of NGO-implemented programmes to support orphans and vulnerable children: a six-step approach. J Int AIDS Soc. 2011; 14:59. PMID: 22182588.
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  28. Rosen S, Larson B, Brennan A, Long L, Fox M, Mongwenyana C, Ketlhapile M, Sanne I. Economic outcomes of patients receiving antiretroviral therapy for HIV/AIDS in South Africa are sustained through three years on treatment. PLoS One. 2010; 5(9):e12731. PMID: 20856821.
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  29. Larson BA, Brennan A, McNamara L, Long L, Rosen S, Sanne I, Fox MP. Early loss to follow up after enrolment in pre-ART care at a large public clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa. Trop Med Int Health. 2010 Jun; 15 Suppl 1:43-7. PMID: 20586959.
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  30. Larson BA, Brennan A, McNamara L, Long L, Rosen S, Sanne I, Fox MP. Lost opportunities to complete CD4+ lymphocyte testing among patients who tested positive for HIV in South Africa. Bull World Health Organ. 2010 Sep 1; 88(9):675-80. PMID: 20865072.
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  31. Fox MP, McCoy K, Larson BA, Rosen S, Bii M, Sigei C, Shaffer D, Sawe F, Wasunna M, Simon JL. Improvements in physical wellbeing over the first two years on antiretroviral therapy in western Kenya. AIDS Care. 2010 Feb; 22(2):137-45. PMID: 20390492.
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  32. Larson BA, Fox MP, Rosen S, Bii M, Sigei C, Shaffer D, Sawe F, McCoy K, Wasunna M, Simon JL. Do the socioeconomic impacts of antiretroviral therapy vary by gender? A longitudinal study of Kenyan agricultural worker employment outcomes. BMC Public Health. 2009; 9:240. PMID: 19604381.
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  33. Skarbinski J, Ouma PO, Causer LM, Kariuki SK, Barnwell JW, Alaii JA, de Oliveira AM, Zurovac D, Larson BA, Snow RW, Rowe AK, Laserson KF, Akhwale WS, Slutsker L, Hamel MJ. Effect of malaria rapid diagnostic tests on the management of uncomplicated malaria with artemether-lumefantrine in Kenya: a cluster randomized trial. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2009 Jun; 80(6):919-26. PMID: 19478249.
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  34. Zurovac D, Larson BA, Skarbinski J, Slutsker L, Snow RW, Hamel MJ. Modeling the financial and clinical implications of malaria rapid diagnostic tests in the case-management of older children and adults in Kenya. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2008 Jun; 78(6):884-91. PMID: 18541764.
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  35. Zurovac D, Njogu J, Akhwale W, Hamer DH, Larson BA, Snow RW. Effects of revised diagnostic recommendations on malaria treatment practices across age groups in Kenya. Trop Med Int Health. 2008 Jun; 13(6):784-7. PMID: 18482078.
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  36. Larson BA, Fox MP, Rosen S, Bii M, Sigei C, Shaffer D, Sawe F, Wasunna M, Simon JL. Early effects of antiretroviral therapy on work performance: preliminary results from a cohort study of Kenyan agricultural workers. AIDS. 2008 Jan 30; 22(3):421-5. PMID: 18195569.
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  37. Larson BA, Amin AA, Noor AM, Zurovac D, Snow RW. The cost of uncomplicated childhood fevers to Kenyan households: implications for reaching international access targets. BMC Public Health. 2006; 6:314. PMID: 17196105.
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  38. Simon JL, Larson BA, Zusman A, Rosen S. How will the reduction of tariffs and taxes on insecticide- treated bednets affect household purchases? Bull World Health Organ. 2002; 80(11):892-9. PMID: 12481212.
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  39. Larson BA, Rosen S. Understanding household demand for indoor air pollution control in developing countries. Soc Sci Med. 2002 Aug; 55(4):571-84. PMID: 12188464.
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