Design and Effectiveness of Public Health Subsidies in Less Developed Countries

The D2P2: Data. Decisions. Public Policy. Lectures feature leading academics and other experts who share knowledge derived from modern applied economics research to demonstrate how it can inform better public policy decision-making. Speakers will discuss their groundbreaking research and practice and how it can be applied to improve people’s lives.

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.