Health and Medicine

Health and Medicine

FSI’s researchers assess health and medicine through the lenses of economics, nutrition and politics. They’re studying and influencing public health policies of local and national governments and the roles that corporations and nongovernmental organizations play in providing health care around the world. Scholars look at how governance affects citizens’ health, how children’s health care access affects the aging process and how to improve children’s health in Guatemala and rural China. They want to know what it will take for people to cook more safely and breathe more easily in developing countries.

FSI professors investigate how lifestyles affect health. What good does gardening do for older Americans? What are the benefits of eating organic food or growing genetically modified rice in China? They study cost-effectiveness by examining programs like those aimed at preventing the spread of tuberculosis in Russian prisons. Policies that impact obesity and undernutrition are examined; as are the public health implications of limiting salt in processed foods and the role of smoking among men who work in Chinese factories. FSI health research looks at sweeping domestic policies like the Affordable Care Act and the role of foreign aid in affecting the price of HIV drugs in Africa.

Recent Scholarly Publications

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Examining humanitarian principles in changing warfare

February 2018

Violence in war must have a limit. Those who are not participating in the hostilities should be protected to prevent war from sinking into barbarity.

The Mosul Trauma Response A Case Study

February 2018

The Battle of Mosul was one of the largest urban sieges since World War II.

Civil War & the Global Threat of Pandemics

January 2018

This essay confronts the collision of two potential global threats: the outbreak of infectious pandemics and the outbreak and protraction of civil wars.

Coethnicity: Diversity and the Dilemmas of Collective Action

August 2009

Ethnically homogenous communities often do a better job than diverse communities of producing public goods such as satisfactory schools and health care, adequate sanitation, and low levels of crime...

Global Welfare Regimes: A Cluster Analysis

January 2009

This paper tests the claim that a small number of distinct „welfare regimes,combining institutional patterns and social welfare outcomes, can be identifiedacross the developing world.

Hard Choices: Security, Democracy, and Regionalism in Southeast Asia

November 2008

Hard Choices offers a most rewarding perspective on how Southeast Asian states straddle the ongoing tensions among three rarely compatible goals—security, democracy, and regionalism.

Scientization: Making a World Safe for Organization

July 2006

All around the world, societies are experiencing an explosion of organizations and organizing: community clubs, religious groups, social movements, as well as schools, hospitals, businesses and...

Russian Resilience as a Great Power

January 2006

Two political scientists comment on Thomas Ambrosio's The Geopoliticsof Demographic Decay: HIV/AIDS and Russia's Great-Power Status (Post-SovietAffairs, 22, 1, January-March 2006).

Death and Development

December 2005

Analyzing a variety of cross-national and sub-national data, we argue that high adult mortality reduces economic growth by shortening time horizons.

AIDS, Reversal of the Demographic Transition and Economic Development: Evidence from Africa

September 2005

This paper presents empirical evidence on a specific mechanism through which demographic transition affects economic growth.

Diseases And Development

September 2005

This paper examines two related questions: what effects do infectious diseases exert on growth and development, and are they quantitatively important?

Chronic Disease Burden and the Interaction of Education, Fertility and Growth

January 2005

This study provides new evidence on the appropriate model of the economic and demographic transition. The episode analyzed is the eradication of hookworm disease in the American South (c. 1910).

Reinventing the bazaar : a natural history of markets

November 2003

From the wild swings of the stock market to the online auctions of eBay to the unexpected twists of the world's post-Communist economies, markets have suddenly become quite visible.

Promoting Democratic Governance

December 2002

For the past several decades, the conventional - and, until recently, the predominant - perspective on development in the international donor community has been that countries are poor because they...

The Effects of Science on National Economic Development, 1970-1990

December 2000

Expanded scientific activity is thought to benefit national economic development through improved labor force capacities adn the creation of new knolwedge and technology.

People

Scott Rozelle Senior Fellow, Helen F. Farnsworth Endowed Professorship
Matthew Kohrman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Associate Professor, Anthropology
Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Senior Fellow , Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Stephen P. Luby Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Alberto Díaz-Cayeros Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Pascaline Dupas Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Economics, Senior Fellow, SIEPR
Ertharin Cousin Visiting Scholar, FSE Visiting Scholar, FSE
Perla Gonzalez Administrative Associate, CDDRL