OUR TEAM

RESEARCHERS

 

Kim Babiarz is a Research Data Analyst at the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research. She holds an MA in International and Development Economics from University of San Francisco PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from University of California, Davis. During her graduate work, Kim was a part of a team of researchers lead by Dr. Scott Rozelle and the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy. She worked on projects to evaluate the impact of a series of health policy reforms on village primary care providers and health service utilization among households in rural China. Prior to working on health policy in China, she studied migrant women in the Philippines with an emphasis on risk and sexual violence. She also completed an detailed study of human trafficking in China and South East Asia.

 

Sebastian Bauhoff is a research fellow at the Center for Global Development.  He is a health economist studying competitive health-care markets, provider behavior, and policies to improve risk protection.  Bauhoff’s current research focuses on innovative payment systems, such as results-based financing, and accountability interventions, such as citizen report cards. Bauhoff completed a PhD in Health Policy/Economics and a MPA in International Development at Harvard University.  From 2011-2014, he worked as economist at the RAND Corporation and served on the faculty of the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

 

Arun Chandrasekhar is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Stanford University. His research focuses on development, social networks, and econometrics. His recent work has explored the role of social networks in ensuring the adoption of new products in developing countries, particularly in terms of how best to identify central figures in the information diffusion process. He also studies the means by which social networks can act as commitment, risk-sharing, or contract enforcement devices.

 

Veena Das is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology at the Johns Hopkins University. Prof. Das is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Academy of Scientists from  Developing Countries. Her research covers a range of fields. She is passionately interested in the question of how ethnography generates concepts; how we might treat philosophical and literary traditions from India and other regions as generative of theoretical and practical understanding of the world; how to render the texture and contours of everyday life; and the way everyday and the event are joined together in the making of the normal and the critical. Her work on collective violence and urban transformations has appeared in many anthologies. She is also a founder of ISERDD (Institute for Socio-Economic Research on Development and Democracy), New Delhi and has led the conceptualization of measurement of quality of care with standardized patients. 

 

Gerard La Forgia is Gerard La Forgia is the Chief Technical Officer of Aceso Global, a non-profit corporation that provides strategic health care advisory services to strengthen health care systems and achieve affordable, high quality health care in emerging markets. Prior to starting Aceso Global, Dr. La Forgia was a Lead Health Specialist for the World Bank’s Health Nutrition and Population (HNP) sector for China (2012-2016), India (2008-2011), Brazil (2002-2008) and Central America (1999-2002). He has also worked in Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Maldives, México, South Africa, Uruguay and Vietnam. Dr. La Forgia's research and publications have covered a range of topics including health service delivery reform in China, hospital performance and health system governance in Brazil, social insurance and public health administration in India, and health system innovations in Central America. His current research interests include: hospital management and governance, care integration across provider levels, public-private partnerships for improved health system performance, public sector management reform, and improving quality of health care. Before coming to the World Bank, he was a Research Associate at the Urban Institute and a Senior Health Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank.

 

Jeremy Goldhaber-Fiebert is an Associate Professor of Medicine, a Core Faculty Member at the Centers for Health Policy/Primary Care and Outcomes Research, and a Faculty Affiliate of the Stanford Center on Longevity and Stanford Center for International Development. His research focuses on complex policy decisions surrounding the prevention and management of increasingly common, chronic diseases and the life course impact of exposure to their risk factors. In the context of both developing and developed countries including the US, India, China, and South Africa, he has examined chronic conditions including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, human papillomavirus and cervical cancer, tuberculosis, and hepatitis C and on risk factors including smoking, physical activity, obesity, malnutrition, and other diseases themselves. He combines simulation modeling methods and cost-effectiveness analyses with econometric approaches and behavioral economic studies to address these issues. 

 

Grant Miller is is Director of the Stanford Center for International Development, an Associate Professor at the Stanford Medical School, a Core Faculty Member at the Center for Health Policy/Primary Care and Outcomes Research (CHP/PCOR), and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He is also a Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR). His primary interests are health economics, development economics, and economic demography. Dr. Miller's research agenda consists of two major arms. One investigates the principal determinants of population health improvement and their behavioral underpinnings around the globe. The other studies why inexpensive, highly efficacious health technologies and services exist for leading developing country diseases - and yet are supplied and used at remarkably low rates. He analyzes fundamental behavioral obstacles to health improvement in developing countries using both observational studies and field experiments. Currently, Dr. Miller's main projects are in Bangladesh, China, Colombia, and India.

 

Manoj Mohanan is an Associate Professor at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy. He also holds (secondary) appointments in the Department of Economics and the Duke Global Health Institute, and is a faculty research associate at the Duke Population Research Institute (DuPRI). His research focuses on quality and performance in health care, and the role of incentives, monitoring, training, and technology to improve performance and quality of health care delivery.  In ongoing studies, he also examines the role of subjective expectations on health care related decisions made under uncertainty and the relationship between social networks and information diffusion within networks in the context of health.  His research studies and impact evaluation projects are ongoing in China, India, and Kenya. He has several years of experience advising and assisting various governments on health sector programs including health insurance and public-private partnerships.

 

Pau Olivella is Associate Professor at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professor, Director of the Center for the study of the Organizations and Decisions in Economics and MOVE Research Fellow. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Health Economics and Section Editor for the Elsevier on-line Encyclopedia of Health Economics.  Together with his coauthor Marcos Vera-Hernández (UCL), he was the 2013 recipient of the Royal Economic Society Prize. He was director of the Barcelona GSE Master Program in Health Economics and Policy (2011-2014).

 

Vikram Rajan

 

Harsha Thirumurthy is an Associate Professor of health economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he holds a faculty position in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. He is also a Faculty Fellow at the Carolina Population Center and an Affiliate of the Bureau for Research on the Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD). He has published articles in economics, public health, and medical journals. His current work is focused on the design of health interventions that are informed by insights from psychology and economics, as well as the evaluation of large-scale health initiatives such as the scale-up of HIV treatment in low-income countries.

 

Yulya Truskinovsky 

 

Marcos Vera-Hernández is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics at University College London and a Research Fellow at the Institute of Fiscal Studies (London). He has led and participated extensively in impact evaluation projects in Colombia, Jamaica, and Malawi and has expertise in sampling, evaluation design, and estimation techniques. He has taught impact evaluation methodology at various professional conference and workshops.

GRADUATE STUDENTS AND PROGRAM MANAGERS

 

Katherine Donato is a PhD candidate in Harvard’s Health Policy program on the economics track.  Her research focuses on maternal and child health the US and internationally, seeking to understand how to bridge the gap between knowledge and implementation.  She has experience working on small- and large-scale international randomized trials, as well as analyses based on US claims data and birth certificate records.

 

Soledad Giardili is a Ph.D. candidate in the Economics Department at Queen Mary University of London. She also holds a Master in Research from University College London (UCL). She has worked on different social policy evaluations in the health, education and labour areas. Another areas of expertise include data science and applied econometrics.

 

Elisa Maffioli 

 

Kendal Swanson