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Policy Insights in Health

J-PAL’s Health sector focuses on identifying policies and programs effective at improving the reach, quality and take-up of health services and products. Our policy insight below summarizes the general lessons from randomized evaluations on pricing for essential preventive health products in lower income countries.

Joseph Doyle (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Pascaline Dupas (Stanford University), and Karen Macours (PSE-École d’économie de Paris); Health Co-Chairs

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The limited impact of US workplace wellness programs on health and employment-related outcomes

Last updated: September 2019
Two randomized evaluations of workplace wellness programs in the US found limited impact on employees’ health habits and no impact on their health, employment, or health care costs in the initial years, contrary to previous observational studies. This could be because the programs are not effective or because the types of employees who stand to benefit more from workplace wellness programs did not participate. Read More
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Reducing adolescent pregnancy by increasing educational and economic opportunities in low- and middle-income countries

Last updated: January 2019
Interventions that changed perceptions about girls’ abilities and opportunities or increased the educational and economic opportunities available to them encouraged girls and young women to delay pregnancy. Read More
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The impact of price on take-up and use of preventive health products

Last updated: May 2018
Charging fees for many key preventive health products dramatically reduces take-up. Preventive health products distributed for free are generally put to good use. Read More

Sector Chairs

Joseph Doyle


Pascaline Dupas


Karen Macours


Sector Contacts

Anupama Dathan

Senior Policy Associate

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