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.
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.
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.