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Adam Wagstaff

Research Manager

ADAM WAGSTAFF is Research Manager of the Human Development & Public Services team in the Development Research Group. He holds a DPhil in economics from the University of York (U.K.). Before joining the Bank, he was a Professor of Economics at the University of Sussex. He was an associate editor of the Journal of Health Economics for 20 years, and has published extensively on a variety of aspects of the field, including: health financing and health systems reform; health, equity and poverty; the valuation of health; the demand for and production of health; efficiency measurement, and illicit drugs and drug enforcement. Much of his recent work has been on health insurance, health financing, vulnerability and health shocks, and provider payment reform. He has extensive experience of China and Vietnam, but has worked on countries in Africa, Latin America, S Asia, and Europe and Central Asia, as well as other countries in E Asia. Outside health economics, he has published on efficiency measurement in the public sector, the measurement of trade union power, the redistributive effect and sources of progressivity of the personal income tax, and the redistributive effect of economic growth. 

The list below is of World Bank working papers and publications. You can also see (and in some cases download) other publications by this author.  

World Bank working papers and publications

1 .Measuring progress towards universal health coverage: with an application to 24 developing countries
2 .Who benefits from government health spending and why? a global assessment
3 .How useful is inequality of opportunity as a policy construct ?
4 .Encouraging health insurance for the informal sector : a cluster randomized trial
5 .CATA meets IMPOV: a unified approach to measuring financial protection in health
6 .Effects of interventions to raise voluntary enrollment in a social health insurance scheme : a cluster randomized trial
7 .Progress toward the health MDGs : are the poor being left behind ?
8 .The impact of a pay-for-performance scheme on prescription quality in rural China : an impact evaluation
9 .What a difference a state makes : health reform in Andhra Pradesh
10 .Getting incentives right : an impact evaluation of district hospital capitation payment in Vietnam
11 .The health effects of universal health care : evidence from Thailand
12 .The impacts of public hospital autonomization : evidence from a quasi-natural experiment
13 .Universal health care and informal labor markets : the case of Thailand
14 .Four decades of health economics through a bibliometric lens
15 .A hybrid approach to efficiency measurement with empirical illustrations from education and health
16 .Health Equity and Financial Protection
17 .On measuring scientific influence
18 .The World Bank's publication record
19 .Are health shocks different ? evidence from a multi-shock survey in Laos
20 .Benefit incidence analysis : are government health expenditures more pro-rich than we think ?
21 .System-wide impacts of hospital payment reforms : evidence from central and eastern Europe and central Asia
22 .Health financing and delivery in Vietnam : looking forward
23 .Social health insurance vs. tax-financed health systems - evidence from the OECD
24 .Fungibility and the impact of development assistance: evidence from Vietnam's health sector
25 .Measuring financial protection in health
26 .Europe and Central Asia's great post-communist social health insurance experiment : impacts on health sector and labor market outcomes
27 .Extending health insurance to the rural population : an impact evaluation of China's new cooperative medical scheme
28 .Health insurance for the poor : initial impacts of Vietnam's health care fund for the poor
29 .Social health insurance reexamined
30 .Social health insurance reexamined
31 .Health Service Delivery in China: A Literature Review
32 .Health systems in East Asia : what can developing countries learn from Japan and the Asian tigers ?
33 .Can insurance increase financial risk ? The curious case of health insurance in China
34 .Do health sector reforms have their intended impacts ? The World Bank's Health VIII project in Gansu province, China
35 .Health shocks in China : are the poor and uninsured less protected ?
36 .The economic consequences of health shocks
37 .Decomposing changes in income inequality into vertical and horizontal redistribution and reranking, with applications to China and Vietnam
38 .Health insurance impacts on health and non-medical consumption in a developing country
39 .Health facility surveys : an introduction
40 .Poverty and survival prospects of Vietnamese children under Doi Moi
41 .Inequalities in health in developing countries - swimming against the tide?
42 .Inequality aversion, health inequalities, and health achievement
43 .Causes of inequality in health : who are you? where do you live? or who your parents were?
44 .On decomposing the causes of health sector inequalities with an application to malnutrition inequalities in Vietnam
45 .Paying for health care : quantifying fairness, catastrophe, and impoverishment, with applications to Vietnam, 1993-98
46 .Measuring equity in health care financing - reflections on (and alternatives to) the World Health Organization's fairness of financing index
47 .Socioeconomic inequalities in child malnutrition in the developing world
48 .Hospital cost functions for developing countries

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