Health

J-PAL’s Health sector aims to encourage health-promoting behaviors and improve the delivery of health care services, as well as to better understand the impact of health care on reducing poverty.

The Urban Services Initiative (USI) seeks to identify and evaluate innovative methods designed to improve the health and welfare of the urban poor in Africa and Asia.

The U.S. Health Care Delivery Initiative (HCDI) encourages randomized evaluations of strategies to make health care delivery in the United States more efficient and more effective.

The Cash Transfers for Child Health Initiative (CaTCH) seeks to improve child health by generating policy-relevant rigorous evidence on the design and delivery of cash transfer programs in India.

Woman in Living Goods uniform points at medicine bottle while mother of newborn watches

Evaluation

An Entrepreneurial Model of Community Health Delivery in Uganda

Despite a substantial decline in child mortality in recent years, millions of children still die from preventable diseases every year. In this study in rural Uganda, researchers evaluated the impact...

Lesson

Early Childhood Stimulation

Early childhood stimulation programs implemented at home can contribute to children’s cognitive and socio-emotional development, ultimately enabling them to improve on a number of future life...

Rebecca Dizon-Ross

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Rebecca Dizon-Ross

Rebecca Dizon-Ross is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Charles E. Merrill Faculty Scholar at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She is a development economist with an interest...

Publication

When Should Governments Subsidize Health? The Case of Mass Deworming

This paper reviews well-identified research on mass school-based deworming interventions in a variety of contexts, including Kenya, Uganda, and the southern United States. The existing evidence...

Woman speaks to a nurse at a health clinic in Zambia about contraceptive options

Publication

Can We Talk in Private (About Family Planning)?

Women who received private access to vouchers for contraceptives were more likely to take up and use contraception, compared to women whose husbands were involved in the voucher program.

Installed directly at community water sources, chlorine dispensers provide a visual reminder to use chlorine and are calibrated to deliver a precise dose of chlorine solution to treat the most commonly used water transport containers.

Scale-Up

Chlorine dispensers at community sources provide safe water in Kenya, Malawi, and Uganda

Chlorine dispensers installed at community water sources are a low-cost technology used to treat water for consumption.

Publication

Using Randomized Evaluations to Improve the Efficiency of U.S. Health Care Delivery

In this review paper, J-PAL North America Scientific Director Amy Finkelstein (MIT) and Sarah Taubman (J-PAL, MIT) suggest ways to enhance the feasibility and impact of conducting randomized...