Diana Weinhold


Diana is a Reader (UK Associate Professor) of Development Economics in the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is also the director of the doctoral research programme in International Development there, teaches a course on ‘Economic Development Policy’, and runs the quantitative section of the research methods course.

Recently, Diana has been studying land use and soybean production in the Brazilian Amazon on a project combining ethnographic and econometric analyses of land use.

Diana also holds the following positions:

  • Member of Research Advisory Committee, Economics Education and Research Consortium’s (EERC) Economic Research and Outreach Center (EROC) at the Kiev National University, Ukraine;
  • External PhD examiner: Cambridge University, Queen Mary University of London;
  • Associate Researcher, Institute for Socio-Economic Research, Catholic University, La Paz, Bolivia;
  • Collaborating Researcher, NEMESIS (Núcleo de Estudos e Modelos Espaciais Sistêmicos);
  • Member of Institute for Applied Economics Research (IPEA), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;
  • On the Editorial Committee of the Latin American Journal of Economic Development.


Previously, Diana has been: an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Vanderbilt University; a Visiting Researcher at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), in Bonn, Germany; a Visiting Researcher at IPEA, Rio de Janeiro Brazil; a Visiting Researcher at the Office of the Chief Economis, Inter-American Development Bank; and Teaching Assistant at the University of California, San Diego (Econometrics, International Trade, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Latin American Development).

Diana is a Doctor of Philosophy (Economics), received from the University of California. She also has a Bachelor of Science (Economics with Math emphasis), from the University of Wisconsin.

Research interests

  • Growth;
  • Development;
  • Environmental economics;
  • Applied econometrics.


Working paper  21 October, 2015

Sick of noise: the health effects of loud neighbours and urban din

This paper analyses the health effects of residential noise annoyance using a high quality longitudinal survey of over 5000 adults in the Netherlands between 2007 and 2013. read more »


Working paper  9 September, 2014

Modelling land use, deforestation, and policy analysis: A hybrid optimization-ABM heterogeneous agent model with application to the Bolivian Amazon

Policy interventions designed to simultaneously stem deforestation and reduce poverty in tropical countries entail complex socio-environmental trade-offs. A hybrid model, comprising an optimising, agricultural household model integrated into the ‘shell’ … read more »


Working paper  1 May, 2012

Sustainability in the tropics: does a boom in deforestation lead to a bust in development?

We revisit the hypothesis tested in Rodrigues et al (2009) that the process of human development in Amazonia follows a boom-and-bust (inverted U) pattern. We show … read more »

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