Dr Muhammad Irfan
|Department||Department of Public Health (Wellington)
|Qualifications||M.Phil. (Econ), PhD (Econ)
|Research summary||Economics; Public Health
Irfan joined the University of Otago as a Research Fellow in 2019 to work on the Burden of Disease Epidemiology, Equity and Cost-Effectiveness Programme (BODE3). Irfan's main role in the programme is to estimate the burden of Non-Communicable Diseases and productivity loss due to these diseases. His research interests include quantifying and monetizing the socio-economic impacts of diseases (and vice versa) and suggesting the optimal policy options to avert the losses. He is also interested in the demand analysis of tobacco, sugar, and alcohol consumption.
Prior to working for the University of Otago, Irfan in his Ph.D. was working on the demand analysis of dirty fuels at the household level and quantified the health impacts of Indoor Air Pollution at the University of Waikato, Hamilton. He has also worked as a Research Officer at one of the leading business institutes of Pakistan and explored the energy choices and wellbeing of households. In addition, he has expertise in primary data collection, cross-sectional, panel, and big data analysis.