Design and Effectiveness of Public Health Subsidies in Less Developed Countries

December 8, 2017
MIT Building 6, Room 120 and webcast live
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Although coverage rates and health outcomes are improving, many poor people around the world still do not benefit from essential health products. An estimated two-thirds of child deaths could be prevented with increased coverage of products such as vaccines, point-of-use water treatment, iron fortification, and insecticide-treated bednets. What limits the flow of products from the producer’s laboratory bench to the end users, and what can be done about it? This talk will discuss how the design of subsidies matter for maximizing coverage of preventive health products and discuss recent experimental evidence from around the globe on these issues.

Pascaline Dupas is an Associate Professor in the Economics Department at Stanford University. Her areas of research are applied microeconomics and development economics. She is currently conducting field experiments in health, education, and microfinance. Pascaline is a Co-Chair of J-PAL's Health sector.