The following initiatives comprise the foundation of the proposed research agenda. We aim for research findings to be translated into policy recommendations with measurable outcomes for evaluation.

Measuring the levels and trends of prevalence of young children exposed to risk factors of early development
The project measures children under age five at risk of poor development due to exposure to risk factors and its economic burden. We will also measure the disparity of risk exposure across and within countries.

Assessing development assistance for adolescent health and community health in developing countries
We will assess investments in adolescent health and community health from international donors.

Assessing mental health financing in developing countries
The project is to track the resources allocated to mental health in developing countries through collaboration with the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (MSD) at the WHO.

Measuring economic impacts of mental disorders in China and India
The project will provide a comprehensive evaluation of economic impacts of mental disorders at the national, sub-national, household and individual levels China and India.

Sensitivity of measuring health inequality to the choice of estimation methods
The project will examine the sensitivity of estimating the level and trends of inequalities in medical care utilization and household catastrophic health spending (HCHS) to the choice of unadjusted or adjusted inequalities.

Sustainable financing of priority public health programmes and decentralization in Mongolia
The project is commissioned by the WHO to assess resource flows of the health sector in Mongolia and evaluate the impact of health financing decentralization and reduction of external health aid on program delivery in the country.

Measuring the impact of global health aid on child health
This initiative examines the causal relationship between child health aid and under-five child mortality rates globally. The research is conducted on the basis of a conceptual framework which combines child survival models in demography with health care production models in economics.

Effects of survey design and implementation on estimating universal financial risk protection using household surveys in developing countries
This study addresses a methodological issue in measuring universal financial risk protection when using household survey data in developing countries: the effect of survey design (non-sampling errors) and implementation (sampling errors) on estimates.

Assessing economic burden of disease and economic value of health care
We develop analytical frameworks to assess the economic burden of disease and economic benefits of health care. Our empirical work is currently focused on four local projects and one global study:

  1. HIV treatment and nutritional supplementation in Haiti;
  2. treatment of Buruli ulcer in Cameroon;
  3. Comprehensive health system strengthening in Rwanda and Madagascar; and
  4. the burden of vector-borne and parasitic diseases on the distribution of income.

Generating new frameworks for modeling interactions between infectious diseases and economics
This work is based on the integration of a range of mathematical methods developed by epidemiologists, infectious disease ecologists, mathematicians, and economists. These models are applied to data from health care initiatives from the sites where we work.