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

We conduct collaborative and interdisciplinary research at the crossroad between 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.


September 2019

Dr. Xi He joins the research team of Dr. Sandro Steinbach as postdoctoral research. Xi completed her graduate research at the University of Connecticut in August 2019 and will work with Dr. Steinbach's on his research grant funded by USDA NIFA for the coming two years. 

August 2019

Dr. Sandro Steinbach offers two undergraduate courses during the Fall semester of 2019. The courses are entitled "Managerial Economics and Business Strategies" (ARE 3221) and "Business Finance and Investment Management" (ARE 4217).

July 2019

Dr. Sandro Steinbach presents his research on the impact of exchange rate volatility on international food trade and Dr. Sandro Steinbach and Xiting Zhuang present their research on environmental trade standards and global waste trade.