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Heath L. Henderson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Economics

Heath Henderson is an associate professor of economics in the Zimpleman College of Business at Drake University. Originally from Rochester, MN, he attended graduate school at American University in Washington, DC where he received a PhD in economics and an MA in international politics. Before coming to Drake University, Heath was a research fellow in the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness at the Inter-American Development Bank.

Heath's research interests include development economics, econometrics, and computational economics. Much of his research to date has focused on agricultural development, particularly as it relates to inequality in the distribution of landholdings. Recently, Heath has been interested in poverty measurement and has been working on using Bayesian methods to estimate the causal effect of policies on human capabilities. His work has been published in American Journal of Agricultural Economics, World Development, and Journal of Development Studies, among other places.

Contact Information

Phone: 515-271-2898
Address: 2847 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Office: Aliber Hall 325


  • Ph.D., Economics, American University
  • M.A., International Affairs, American University
  • B.B.A., General Business, Belmont University

Areas of Expertise

  • Development economics
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