Behavioral Economics Changes Physicians’ behaviors

Several recent studies have identified strategies for changing physician behavior, especially in the U.S. A recent article in Forbes magazine, “What Behavioral Economics Get Wrong About Improving Healthcare” goes through some of these successful studies. One trial shows that physicians are less likely to inappropriately prescribe antibiotics after receiving feedback on how their prescribing habits […]

Community Health Workers: Crucial Actors of FPRH Improving Programs

  Community Heath Workers (CHWs) are the backbone of many programs devoted to improving health conditions in developing countries. One example, the UNITAID/PSI “Self-Test AfRica” (STAR) program, tries to leverage the trust that community health workers are able to instill in villagers, to improve rates of HIV testing. STAR’s community workers offer HIV self-test kits […]

Can SMS messages help preventing HIV?

  According to the INSIDA 2009 survey, 7.9% of young people aged between 15 and 24 in Mozambique are HIV positive, with HIV prevalence being 3 times higher in young women than in young men of similar age. The survey also points out a disparity by residence, with 10% HIV prevalence in urban areas and […]

Longer Paid Maternity Leave Reduces Infant Death

A recent study by Arijit Nandi, an epidemiologist at McGill University, finds that an extra month of maternity leave is associated with a 13% reduction in infant deaths (approximately 8 for every 1,000 live births). Because of this, Nandi argues that increasing the duration of paid leave may be an effective way to reduce infant […]

Improving maternity care through small-scale private providers

Advancing public health systems goes a long way in improving the quality of maternal health care for pregnant women in developing countries. However, governments (and donors alike) must also focus on improving the quality of care offered by private sector and informal care providers. FPRH practitioner organizations such as Population Services International (PSI), are instrumental […]

‘I’m not planning a family, I’m planning to go to university’

An article, published today by DevEx, discusses how the term “family planning” itself suggests that in order to think about using contraceptives, a woman should be thinking about planning a family. This perception not only affects the ways young women view contraceptive use, but also affects to whom healthcare providers offer contraception. Specifically, framing contraception as “family planning” often creates a barrier to up-take for […]

The link between economic empowerment and SRH

Women’s economic empowerment and their sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and rights are often thought to be interconnected.  Researchers at the Center for Global Development (CGD) published a piece in May which summarizes what we do know about the relationship between contraception and women’s economic empowerment, and highlights areas where we should learn more.   In the United States, the rise of the birth control pill in the 1960’s and 70’s […]

Inequality and the gender gap in data

  Gender is often a blind spot in economic analysis.  Demographic and health surveys in many countries capture different information about the lives of men and women – leading to data inequality.   Surveys typically measure employment information about men (such as where they work or their salary), but collect very little of this data about women. Conversely, detailed health information about […]

J-PAL launches evaluation of a mass-media family planning campaign

J-PAL executive director Rachel Glennerster, along with researchers Victor Pouliquen and Joanna Muarry, recently launched an evaluation aimed at measuring the effects of a mass-media family planning campaign on the uptake of modern contraceptives in Burkina Faso.   The use rate of modern contraceptive methods in Burkina Faso is estimated to be as low as 16%. This is […]

Just Announced: BE and Global Health Conference – Fall 2016!

BERI and the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) are excited to announce that we will host a  Behavioral Economics and Global Health Conference this fall. The event is co-sponsored by the Initiative for Behavioral Economics and Finance, and will be held on September 23, 2016. The conference aims to bring together leading academics and practitioners […]