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October 2014Family Planning: Program Effects
with Grant Miller: w20586
This chapter reviews empirical evidence on the micro-level consequences of family planning programs in middle- and low-income countries. In doing so, it focuses on fertility outcomes (the number and timing of births), women's health and socio-economic outcomes (mortality, human capital, and labor force participation), and children's health and socio-economic outcomes throughout the life cycle. Though effect sizes are heterogeneous, long-term studies imply that in practice, family planning programs may only explain a small share of fertility decline in real-world settings. Family planning programs may also have quantitatively modest - but practically meaningful - effects on the socio-economic welfare of individuals and families.
April 2013Pay-for-Performance Incentives in Low- and Middle-Income Country Health Programs
with Grant Miller: w18932
This chapter surveys experience with performance pay in developing country health programs. In doing so, it focuses on four key conceptual issues: (1) What to reward, (2) Who to reward, (3) How to reward, and (4) What unintended consequences might performance incentives create. We highlight that the use of performance pay has outpaced growth in corresponding empirical evidence. Moreover, very little research on performance incentives focuses on the underlying conceptual issues that we outline. We consider these to be important constraints to the design of better performance incentives in low- and middle-income country health programs.

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