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

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