About

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Li-Wei Chao

http://mse.pbs.up.pt/images/icon-date.png Principal Investigator

Li-Wei Chao, PI of the MSE Project, is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Porto Business School (Portugal) and a Senior Fellow in the Population Studies Center and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) at the University of Pennsylvania (USA). He formerly was an appointed expert in Health Economics at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an Assistant Professor of Anesthesia and of Healthcare Systems at the University of Pennsylvania (USA), a Visiting Professor of Medicine at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), and an Honorary Research Associate at the Human Sciences Research Council (South Africa). Using his medical background and economics training, his current research focuses on topics related to health and economics. He is the Principal Investigator (PI) of a project funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health that examines entrepreneurship in townships in South Africa, the effect of poor health and HIV/AIDS on entrepreneurial entry, exit, and success, and the extent to which HIV-related stigma differentially harms specific business sectors. He is also the PI of a project that uses behavioral and experimental economics techniques to examine risk taking propensity and unhealthy activities, and is a co-PI of another project that utilizes neuroimaging methods (fMRI) to examine the neural mechanisms of intergenerational sacrifice, where a daughter makes decisions to take pain on behalf of her mother or a stranger. Dr. Chao received his M.D. from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and his Ph.D. in Managerial Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Karl Peltzer

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Karl Peltzer, PI on the MSE Project, is Research Director in the HIV/AIDS, STI and TB (HAST) unit at the Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa, an Extraordinary Professor in Psychology at Free State University, and a Research Associate at the University of Limpopo. He has worked extensively in public health subject areas including alcohol, tobacco, cancer, tuberculosis, and HIV control; nutrition, physical activity, hypertension, mental health, injury and violence prevention, and health promotion. His current research interests include psychology applied to health, health promotion, chronic diseases of life style, substance use, communicable diseases including HIV, injuries, cultural health practices, and programme evaluation in low and middle income countries including Africa. Karl has published extensively on health behaviour and health interventions (18 books and 460 articles). His latest book is Peltzer, K. & Pengid, S. (2011) Health Behaviour Interventions in Developing Countries, New York: Nova Publishers.

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Jere Behrman

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Jere Behrman, Researcher on the MSE Project,  is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Economics in the Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania and a Research Associate at Penn’s Population Studies Center. He serves as the Economics/Social Science member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD) National Advisory Council. He is a leading international researcher in empirical microeconomics, with emphasis on developing economies.  His research interests include empirical microeconomics, labor economics, human resources (early childhood development, education, health, nutrition), project evaluation, economic demography, incentive systems and household behaviors. The unifying dimension of much of this research is to improve empirical knowledge of the determinants of and the impacts of human resources given unobserved factors such as innate health and ability, the functioning of various institutions such as households and imperfect markets, and information imperfections.

Peter Fleming

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Peter Fleming is a Researcher on the MSE Project based in the United States. Pete helped extensively with the logistics of the first wave of the study, guiding the team on many issues related to project administration and organization including budgeting, fieldwork implementation, and the use of technology to collect different kinds of data. Pete is currently a Market Researcher at Facebook. Previously, he founded and led IKI, a contract research organization, with offices in the USA and Malawi. Pete is completing his MBA degree from Babson College, and he has an MA from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from the University of Rochester.

Erika Laranjeira

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Erika Laranjeira is a Researcher working on the MSE Project in Portugal, and has helped with questionnaire piloting and fieldworker training. Erika is completing her PhD in Economics from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto.

Rui Leite

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Rui Leite has been a Researcher on the MSE Project since 2009. Rui is the chief technology officer for the MSE project. He spearheads the use of the most advanced data collection technology for field research. He also directs the programming of software for data collection. He has been involved in all stages of research from questionnaire development, piloting the questionnaire, to econometric analysis and the writing of scientific manuscripts. Rui is currently completing his PhD in Economics at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto. He has both BA and MA degrees in Economics from the University of Porto.

Jeffery Patterson

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Jeffery Patterson is a Researcher working on the MSE Project in Portugal. Jeff has experience with population studies and has studied South Africa during the course of his Masters at the University of Delaware. This is his first project with the team, as his past experience is from the financial sector in the United States. Jeff is very interested in learning more about the study and enjoys working with such a diverse and hard-working team.

Shandir Ramlagan

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Shandir Ramlagan, Researcher and Project Director at HSRC on the MSE Project, is a Research Specialist in the HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB research (HAST) unit at HSRC. He obtained his masters degree in development studies from the University of Natal. Before joining the HSRC, Shandir worked as a researcher at Development Research Africa, where he was involved in questionnaire and methodology development, field management, as well as contributing to research output. Mr. Ramlagan has experience in social science research, especially in the areas of qualitative research design and methodology, planning and management of surveys, and design of research instruments. His project experience includes work for organizations such as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, CDC, NIH, the World Bank, Population Council, and various governmental departments. His publication record spans progress reports, co-authored chapters, literature reviews, co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles, conceptual and epidemiological models, and design questionnaires.

Nuno Sousa Pereira

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Nuno Sousa Pereira, Researcher on the MSE Project,  is Dean of Porto Business School and a Researcher at the Centre for Finance and Economics at the University of Porto, in Portugal. His research focuses on the health care industry and spans topics including pharmaceuticals, vaccine-supply, and health and entrepreneurship.

Nuno holds BA and MA degrees in Economics from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Porto and a PhD in Managerial Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Helena Szrek

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Helena Szrek, Researcher on the MSE Project, is an Associate Professor at Porto Business School and at the Centre for Finance and Economics at the University of Porto, in Portugal.Helena received a BA from Oxford University in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and a Ph.D. in Managerial Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She specializes in judgment and decision making with two different focuses, (i) analyzing the choice processes of consumers (especially health care consumers) and (ii) the link between health and entrepreneurship.

She has been working in South Africa since 2002 when she joined Li-Wei Chao on a project in Durban that was the precedent of the current project.

She enjoys every trip she makes to Pretoria, where she has a chance to meet with the team. Learning about some different African customs and about some of the many different cultures has been extremely interesting to her. She is very grateful to everyone in the MSE family for their hard work and proud of what the team has achieved!

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Li-Wei Chao, PI of the MSE Project, is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Porto Business School (Portugal) and a Senior Fellow in the Population Studies Center and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) at the University of Pennsylvania (USA). He formerly was an appointed expert in Health Economics at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an Assistant Professor of Anesthesia and of Healthcare Systems at the University of Pennsylvania (USA), a Visiting Professor of Medicine at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), and an Honorary Research Associate at the Human Sciences Research Council (South Africa). Using his medical background and economics training, his current research focuses on topics related to health and economics. He is the Principal Investigator (PI) of a project funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health that examines entrepreneurship in townships in South Africa, the effect of poor health and HIV/AIDS on entrepreneurial entry, exit, and success, and the extent to which HIV-related stigma differentially harms specific business sectors. He is also the PI of a project that uses behavioral and experimental economics techniques to examine risk taking propensity and unhealthy activities, and is a co-PI of another project that utilizes neuroimaging methods (fMRI) to examine the neural mechanisms of intergenerational sacrifice, where a daughter makes decisions to take pain on behalf of her mother or a stranger. Dr. Chao received his M.D. from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and his Ph.D. in Managerial Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Karl Peltzer, PI on the MSE Project, is Research Director in the HIV/AIDS, STI and TB (HAST) unit at the Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa, an Extraordinary Professor in Psychology at Free State University, and a Research Associate at the University of Limpopo. He has worked extensively in public health subject areas including alcohol, tobacco, cancer, tuberculosis, and HIV control; nutrition, physical activity, hypertension, mental health, injury and violence prevention, and health promotion. His current research interests include psychology applied to health, health promotion, chronic diseases of life style, substance use, communicable diseases including HIV, injuries, cultural health practices, and programme evaluation in low and middle income countries including Africa. Karl has published extensively on health behaviour and health interventions (18 books and 460 articles). His latest book is Peltzer, K. & Pengid, S. (2011)Health Behaviour Interventions in Developing Countries, New York: Nova Publishers.

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Jere Behrman, Researcher on the MSE Project,  is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Economics in the Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania and a Research Associate at Penn’s Population Studies Center. He serves as the Economics/Social Science member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD) National Advisory Council. He is a leading international researcher in empirical microeconomics, with emphasis on developing economies.  His research interests include empirical microeconomics, labor economics, human resources (early childhood development, education, health, nutrition), project evaluation, economic demography, incentive systems and household behaviors. The unifying dimension of much of this research is to improve empirical knowledge of the determinants of and the impacts of human resources given unobserved factors such as innate health and ability, the functioning of various institutions such as households and imperfect markets, and information imperfections.

 

Peter Fleming is a Researcher on the MSE Project based in the United States. Pete helped extensively with the logistics of the first wave of the study, guiding the team on many issues related to project administration and organization including budgeting, fieldwork implementation, and the use of technology to collect different kinds of data. Pete is currently a Market Researcher at Facebook. Previously, he founded and led IKI, a contract research organization, with offices in the USA and Malawi. Pete is completing his MBA degree from Babson College, and he has an MA from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from the University of Rochester.

Erika Laranjeira is a Researcher working on the MSE Project in Portugal, and has helped with questionnaire piloting and fieldworker training. Erika is completing her PhD in Economics from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto.

Rui Leite has been a Researcher on the MSE Project since 2009. Rui is the chief technology officer for the MSE project. He spearheads the use of the most advanced data collection technology for field research. He also directs the programming of software for data collection. He has been involved in all stages of research from questionnaire development, piloting the questionnaire, to econometric analysis and the writing of scientific manuscripts. Rui is currently completing his PhD in Economics at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto. He has both BA and MA degrees in Economics from the University of Porto.

Jeffery Patterson is a Researcher working on the MSE Project in Portugal. Jeff has experience with population studies and has studied South Africa during the course of his Masters at the University of Delaware. This is his first project with the team, as his past experience is from the financial sector in the United States. Jeff is very interested in learning more about the study and enjoys working with such a diverse and hard-working team.

Shandir Ramlagan, Researcher and Project Director at HSRC on the MSE Project, is a Research Specialist in the HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB research (HAST) unit at HSRC. He obtained his masters degree in development studies from the University of Natal. Before joining the HSRC, Shandir worked as a researcher at Development Research Africa, where he was involved in questionnaire and methodology development, field management, as well as contributing to research output. Mr. Ramlagan has experience in social science research, especially in the areas of qualitative research design and methodology, planning and management of surveys, and design of research instruments. His project experience includes work for organizations such as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, CDC, NIH, the World Bank, Population Council, and various governmental departments. His publication record spans progress reports, co-authored chapters, literature reviews, co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles, conceptual and epidemiological models, and design questionnaires.

Nuno Sousa Pereira, Researcher on the MSE Project,  is Dean of Porto Business School and a Researcher at the Centre for Finance and Economics at the University of Porto, in Portugal. His research focuses on the health care industry and spans topics including pharmaceuticals, vaccine-supply, and health and entrepreneurship.

Nuno holds BA and MA degrees in Economics from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Porto and a PhD in Managerial Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Helena Szrek, Researcher on the MSE Project, is an Associate Professor at Porto Business School and at the Centre for Finance and Economics at the University of Porto, in Portugal.Helena received a BA from Oxford University in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and a Ph.D. in Managerial Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She specializes in judgment and decision making with two different focuses, (i) analyzing the choice processes of consumers (especially health care consumers) and (ii) the link between health and entrepreneurship.

She has been working in South Africa since 2002 when she joined Li-Wei Chao on a project in Durban that was the precedent of the current project.

She enjoys every trip she makes to Pretoria, where she has a chance to meet with the team. Learning about some different African customs and about some of the many different cultures has been extremely interesting to her. She is very grateful to everyone in the MSE family for their hard work and proud of what the team has achieved!

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Li-Wei Chao, PI of the MSE Project, is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Porto Business School (Portugal) and a Senior Fellow in the Population Studies Center and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) at the University of Pennsylvania (USA). He formerly was an appointed expert in Health Economics at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an Assistant Professor of Anesthesia and of Healthcare Systems at the University of Pennsylvania (USA), a Visiting Professor of Medicine at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), and an Honorary Research Associate at the Human Sciences Research Council (South Africa). Using his medical background and economics training, his current research focuses on topics related to health and economics. He is the Principal Investigator (PI) of a project funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health that examines entrepreneurship in townships in South Africa, the effect of poor health and HIV/AIDS on entrepreneurial entry, exit, and success, and the extent to which HIV-related stigma differentially harms specific business sectors. He is also the PI of a project that uses behavioral and experimental economics techniques to examine risk taking propensity and unhealthy activities, and is a co-PI of another project that utilizes neuroimaging methods (fMRI) to examine the neural mechanisms of intergenerational sacrifice, where a daughter makes decisions to take pain on behalf of her mother or a stranger. Dr. Chao received his M.D. from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and his Ph.D. in Managerial Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Karl Peltzer

Principal Investigator

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Li-Wei Chao, PI of the MSE Project, is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Porto Business School (Portugal) and a Senior Fellow in the Population Studies Center and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) at the University of Pennsylvania (USA). He formerly was an appointed expert in Health Economics at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an Assistant Professor of Anesthesia and of Healthcare Systems at the University of Pennsylvania (USA), a Visiting Professor of Medicine at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), and an Honorary Research Associate at the Human Sciences Research Council (South Africa). Using his medical background and economics training, his current research focuses on topics related to health and economics. He is the Principal Investigator (PI) of a project funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health that examines entrepreneurship in townships in South Africa, the effect of poor health and HIV/AIDS on entrepreneurial entry, exit, and success, and the extent to which HIV-related stigma differentially harms specific business sectors. He is also the PI of a project that uses behavioral and experimental economics techniques to examine risk taking propensity and unhealthy activities, and is a co-PI of another project that utilizes neuroimaging methods (fMRI) to examine the neural mechanisms of intergenerational sacrifice, where a daughter makes decisions to take pain on behalf of her mother or a stranger. Dr. Chao received his M.D. from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and his Ph.D. in Managerial Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Researchers

Jere Behrman

Peter Fleming

Erika Laranjeira

Rui Leite

Jeffrey Patterson

Shandir Ramlagan

Nuno Sousa Pereira

Helena Szrek

Field Supervisors

Vernon Kekana

Given Kgafel

Bongani Ngwenya (Head Supervisor)

Field Researchers

Gertrude Makomane

Josephine Mantsho

Mmule Mataboge

Vongani Mdaka

Sipho Mhlabane

Fhatuwani Mulangeni

Micah Nangambe

Patronella Ragedi

Nomti Kutlwano Segale

Lerato M Twala

Field Researchers and Field Nurses

Mina Sebokeng Makgetloa

Daniel M Mpowana

Field Nurses

Martha Kedibone Dhlewayo

Charmaine Hlangwane

Debra Mosidi Molepo

Delina Nkoana

Irene Ramodisha

Field Researchers and Field Nurses

Mina Sebokeng Makgetloa

Daniel M Mpowana

Principal Investigators
Researchers

Jere Behrman

Peter Fleming

Erika Laranjeira

Rui Leite

Jeffrey Patterson

Shandir Ramlagan

Nuno Sousa Pereira

Helena Szrek

Field Supervisors

Vernon Kekana

Given Kgafel

Bongani Ngwenya (Head Supervisor)

Field Researchers

Gertrude Makomane

Josephine Mantsho

Mmule Mataboge

Vongani Mdaka

Sipho Mhlabane

Fhatuwani Mulangeni

Micah Nangambe

Patronella Ragedi

Nomti Kutlwano Segale

Lerato M Twala

Field Researchers and Field Nurses

Mina Sebokeng Makgetloa

Daniel M Mpowana

Field Nurses

Martha Kedibone Dhlewayo

Charmaine Hlangwane

Debra Mosidi Molepo

Delina Nkoana

Irene Ramodisha

Field Researchers and Field Nurses

Mina Sebokeng Makgetloa

Daniel M Mpowana