Welcome to the Steinbach Research Group at the  University of Connecticut.

We conduct collaborative and interdisciplinary research at the crossroad between applied economics and data science with a particular focus on agriculture and the environment. Our research efforts center on the areas of international economics and health and environmental economics. ​


  1. We use advanced statistical methods and big data to investigate the drivers and assess the foreign and domestic consequences of international trade and investment. Our thorough and comprehensive research provides policymakers and companies new insights into highly relevant global policy issues.

  2. We work on questions related to environmental pollutants and human health, mental health, and aging. Our research uses causal inference methods to assess the impact of environmental contaminants such as air pollution, pesticides, plant pollen, and wildfires on human well-being. We use novel data and innovative statistical techniques to investigate the causes and (unintended) side effects of the mental health crisis. The Research Group also examines the link between the cognitive and financial abilities of the elderly and develops novel behavioral approaches to address elderly financial abuse.

Please explore the publication and project pages to learn more about our research.


July 2020

Dr. Sandro Steinbach wins research grant on the impact of non-occupational pesticide exposure on the development and performance of children and teenagers with Doug Brugge and Eric Loken (both at the University of Connecticut) funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research.

July 2020

Dr. Sandro Steinbach receives the InCHIP’s Junior Faculty Research Excellence Award at the University of Connecticut for his interdisciplinary research in health economics and data science.

June 2020

Dr. Sandro Steinbach interviewed by Sharon LaFraniere from the New York Times. The interview focuses on Dr. Steinbach's research on the impact of the U.S.-China trade war on U.S. Agriculture.