Matthew Bonds

Research Associate in Global Health and Social Medicine

Matthew Bonds has a Ph.D. in economics and a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Georgia. He joined the Harvard Medical School faculty after a postdoctoral fellowship in sustainable development under the mentorship of Jeffrey Sachs at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. His research explores relationships among ecology, infectious diseases, and economic development, with an applied focus on the role of healthcare in promoting economic growth in areas of extreme poverty. While developing formal theoretical frameworks, Dr. Bonds works with Partners In Health along with government bodies in Rwanda to measure the socioeconomic and health impacts of their health system. These efforts rely on a broad range of data and methods, including population and business survey data, geographic information systems, and mathematical and statistical modeling. This work is largely funded by: a Fogarty International Research Scientist Career Development Award (NIH); and a Population Health Implementation and Training grant to Partners In Health from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

  1. Golden, C.D. Bonds, M.H., Brashares, J.S., Rasolofoniaina, B.J.R., and C. Kremen. An economic valuation of the subsistence harvest of wildlife in Madagascar January 1, 2014. Conservation Biology.

  2. Ivers, LC, Teng, JE, Jerome, JG, Bonds, M, Freedberg, KA, Franke, MF. A randomized trial comparing ready-to-use-supplementary food and corn-soy-blend as food rations for HIV-infected adults on antiretroviral therapy in rural Haiti January 1, 2014. Clinical Infectious Diseases,.

  3. Ngonghala, CN, Plucinski, M, Murray, MB, Farmer, P, Barrett, C, Keenan, DC and MH Bonds,. Poverty, disease, and the ecology of complex systems January 1, 2014. PLoS Biology.

  4. Bonds MH, Dobson AP, Keenan DC. Disease ecology, biodiversity, and the latitudinal gradient in income. December 27, 2012. PLoS biology.

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  5. Plucinski MM, Ngonghala CN, Getz WM, Bonds MH. Clusters of poverty and disease emerge from feedbacks on an epidemiological network. December 19, 2012. Journal of the Royal Society, Interface / the Royal Society.

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  6. Dhillon RS, Bonds MH, Fraden M, Ndahiro D, Ruxin J. The impact of reducing financial barriers on utilisation of a primary health care facility in Rwanda. July 6, 2011. Global public health.

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  7. Plucinski MM, Ngonghala CN, Bonds MH. Health safety nets can break cycles of poverty and disease: a stochastic ecological model. May 18, 2011. Journal of the Royal Society, Interface / the Royal Society.

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  8. Bonds MH, Keenan DC, Rohani P, Sachs JD. Poverty trap formed by the ecology of infectious diseases. December 9, 2009. Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society.

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  9. Bonds MH, Rohani P. Herd immunity acquired indirectly from interactions between the ecology of infectious diseases, demography and economics. September 9, 2009. Journal of the Royal Society, Interface / the Royal Society.

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  10. Bonds, MH, and JJ Pompe. Public land management and institutional reform: evidence from Mississippi's School Trust Land history January 1, 2008. Southern Business and Economics Journal.

  11. Bonds, MH and DR Hughes. On the Productivity of Public Forests: A Stochastic Frontier Analysis of Mississippi School Trust Timber Production January 1, 2007. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics.

  12. Bonds MH. Host life-history strategy explains pathogen-induced sterility. July 26, 2006. The American naturalist.

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  13. Bonds MH, Keenan DC, Leidner AJ, Rohani P. Higher disease prevalence can induce greater sociality: a game theoretic coevolutionary model. September 1, 2005. Evolution; international journal of organic evolution.

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  14. Bonds, MH and JJ Pompe. Improving institutional incentives for public land management: an econometric analysis of school trust land leases January 1, 2005. Journal of Institutional Economics.

  15. Bonds, MH and JJ Pompe. Calculating wetland mitigation banking credits: adjusting for wetland function and location January 1, 2003. Natural Resources Journal.

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Department of Global Health and Social Medicine
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