Larry Sawers

Larry Sawers

Department of Economics

  • Professor Sawers teaching interests are: Economic development and U.S. Economic History
  • Degrees

    PhD, University of Michigan
    BA, Duke University

  • CAS - Economics
  • Kreeger - 120
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

  •  Economic development: Current research and a recent publications focus on the economics of health in developing countries. Topics include the economics behind the epidemic of HIV in the developing world with an emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa, lymphatic filariasis in India, and congenital toxoplasmosis in Brazil and Austria. Other recent publications look at the effects of policy reform in Argentina, Ecuador, and Lithuania with a special emphasis on regional development, agriculture, and/or nontraditional exports.
  • Economic history of the United States: Recent publications and current research focus on the economics of the American Revolution, early twentieth century agriculture in the Southern United States, and the U.S. Army's choice of draft animal in the late nineteenth century.

Selected Publications

Recent Publications in Development Economics

  • "Inequality and the Transition: Regional Development in Lithuania," Baltic Journal of Economics,6 No.1, 37;51, 2006.
  • "Nontraditional or New Traditional  Exports: Ecuador’s Flower Boom,” Latin American Research Review 40 No. 3, 40–67, 2005.
  • “Income Distribution and Environmental Degradation in the Argentine Interior,” Latin American Research Review 35 No.2, 3–33, 2000
  • "Structural Reform and Industrial Promotion in Argentina,” Journal of Latin American Studies, 33, 101–132, 2001, with Raquel Massacane.
  • “Sustainable Floriculture in Ecuador,” International Journal of Economic, Social, and Environmental Sustainability 1 No. 2, 3–9, 2006.
  • “El ajuste en Argentina: lecciones para el Ecuador,” (Economic Reform in Argentina: Lessons for Ecuador) Ciencias Sociales, (Universidad Central del Ecuador, Quito) 20, 99–109, 2001.
  • “Farm Size, Productivity, and Public Policy in the Argentine Interior,” Journal of Developing Areas 33 No.1, 121–150, 1998.
  • The Other Argentina: The Interior and National Development, Boulder: Westview Press, 1996.
  • Economic Development Policy, 2015.
  • "Urban Primacy in Tanzania," Economic Development and Cultural Change 37, No.4, 841–859,1989.


Recent Publications on HIV in sub-Saharan Africa

  • "Rush to Judgment: the STI-Treatment Trials and HIV in sub-Saharan Africa," Journal of the International AIDS Society, May  2015.
  • "Measuring and Modelling Concurrency," Journal of the International AIDS Society, January 2013.
  • "Concurrent Sexual Partnerships Do Not Explain HIV Epidemics in Africa: A Systematic Review of the Evidence," Journal of the International AIDS Society, September  2010, with Eileen Stillwaggon.  http//
  • “HIV and Concurrent Sexual Partnerships: Modelling the Role of Coital Dilution,” Journal of the International AIDS Society, 2011 with Alan G. Isaac and Eileen Stillwaggon.
  • "Power, Race, and the Neglect of Science: the HIV Epidemics in sub-Saharan Africa," in Brian King and Kelly Crewes, eds. Ecologies and Politics of Health, Rutledge, 2013.
  • "Understanding the Southern African ‘Anomaly’: Poverty, Endemic Disease and HIV,”Development and Change 41 No. 2, 2010, pages 195–224, with Eileen Stillwaggon.
  • "Cofactor Infections and HIV Epidemics in Developing Countries: Implications for Treatment," AIDS Care 20 No. 4, 488–494, 2008, with Eileen Stillwaggon and Tom Hertz.

Recent Publications in Economic History   

  • “The Navigation Acts Revisited,” Economic History Review, 45 No. 2, 262–284, 1992., reprinted in John W. Malsberger and James N. Marshall, eds., The American Economic History Reader, Routledge, 2008.   
  • “The Mule, the South, and Economic Progress,” Social Science History, 28 No. 4, 667–690, 2004.

Professional Services

Professor Sawers taught and carried out research as a Fulbright Scholar at Vilnius University in Vilnius, Lithuania, at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador and the Universidad Central in Quito in Ecuador, and  at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. He spent several years directing the university's study abroad programs in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Madrid, Spain.

Work In Progress

Working Papers

  • “Econometric Problems in Analyzing the Mule in Southern Agriculture.”       


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