Health and sanitation in developing countries

Health is an extremely important factor in shaping economic outcomes and fostering economic development.

Research in this area seeks to provide evidence on a range of questions. What factors drive household decisions relating to health investments? What is the causal effect of health on economic outcomes such as educational attainment and labour market success? How important are environmental factors such as sanitation relative to other factors such as nutrition in determining individuals’ health? What are the main drivers of households’ uptake of improved sanitation: what are the key constraints and the best ways of alleviating these? What are the health and non-health impacts of adoption of improved sanitation practices? What are the impacts of expanding health insurance? How can the delivery of health services be improved?

Researchers are involved in the evaluation of a range of programmes targeting health and sanitation, including Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programmes in Colombia and Kazakhstan, sanitation interventions in India and Nigeria, a programme to improve nutritional knowledge in Malawi, incentives for health care workers in Nigeria, and a pay for performance programme to alleviate anaemia in rural Chinese schools.

Contacts

Orazio Attanasio

Orazio Attanasio

Research Director

Emla Fitzsimons

Emla Fitzsimons

Research Fellow

Costas Meghir

Costas Meghir

Research Fellow

Laura Abramovsky

Laura Abramovsky

Senior Research Economist

Marcos Vera-Hernandez

Marcos Vera-Hernandez

Research Fellow

Imran Rasul

Imran Rasul

Co-director, CPP

Bansi Malde

Bansi Malde

Research Associate

Britta Augsburg

Britta Augsburg

Senior Research Economist

Áureo de Paula

Áureo de Paula

Research Fellow

Alison Andrew

Alison Andrew

Research Economist

Lucia Corno

Lucia Corno

Research Associate

Gabriella Conti

Gabriella Conti

Research Fellow

Veruska Oppedisano

Veruska Oppedisano

Research Associate