Why good practices really matter in healthcare

Nicholas Bloom, Rebecca Homkes, Raffaella Sadun, John Van Reenen, 17 December 2010

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On average, healthcare spending in OECD countries – and especially in the US – has outpaced GDP growth by nearly two percentage points a year, and this trend will continue to persist over time (Hall and Jones 2007). As the healthcare sector lags behind others in improving its productivity, it can also create a productivity drag on the economy overall.

Topics: Health economics, Productivity and Innovation
Tags: health, healthcare management, productivity

The effect of lottery prizes on physical and mental health

Andrew E. Clark interviewed by Romesh Vaitilingam, 2 Apr 2010

Andrew Clark of the Paris School of Economics talks to Romesh Vaitilingam about his research on the relationship between income and health, which examines changes in the health and health behaviours (smoking and drinking) of British people who win prizes in the national lottery. The interview was recorded at the Royal Economic Society’s annual conference at the University of Surrey in March 2010.

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Topics: Health economics
Tags: happiness, health, income

The effect of maternal fasting during pregnancy

Douglas Almond interviewed by Romesh Vaitilingam, 6 Nov 2009

Douglas Almond of Columbia University talks to Romesh Vaitilingam about his research with Bhashkar Mazumder on women who are pregnant during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and the impact of fasting on their children – in terms of birth weight and the likelihood of being a boy or girl, as well as later life health outcomes. The interview was recorded at the Centre for Market and Public Organisation in Bristol (UK) in October 2009.

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Topics: Health economics
Tags: Centre for Market and Public Organisation, health, pregnancy, Ramadan

Life expectancy, medical expenses, and old age saving

Mariacristina De Nardi, Eric French, John B. Jones, 14 February 2009

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The risk of living long and facing high medical expenses goes a long way toward explaining the elderly persons’ saving decisions.

Topics: Financial markets, Health economics
Tags: health, medical expenses, Social security

Promoting innovation to solve global challenges: opportunities for R&D in health and agriculture

Michael Kremer interviewed by Romesh Vaitilingam, 31 Oct 2008

Michael Kremer of Harvard University talks to Romesh Vaitilingam about the potential of ‘advance market commitments’ for encouraging innovative new products in health and agriculture for developing countries. The interview was recorded at the headquarters of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London in October 2008 following a public discussion meeting on ‘Rising food prices: causes, consequences and remedies’.

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Topics: Development, Global economy, Productivity and Innovation
Tags: Agriculture, health

Parental education and child health: evidence from a natural experiment in Taiwan

Shin-Yi Chou, Jin-Tan Liu, Michael Grossman, Theodore J. Joyce, 12 December 2007

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Education is good for longevity. A large literature shows that an individual’s own schooling is the most important predictor of his or her health.

Topics: Health economics
Tags: health, parental education

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