March 19, 2013: Global Development Program Lecture by Michael Kremer

BU Global Development is an Interdisciplinary Program offering the Global Development Economics and the Global Development Policy MA degrees. Michael Kremer presented “Randomized Evaluations of Health in Developing Countries” as part of the program’s lecture series. The lecture summarized evidence from the growing body of randomized evaluations on health in developing countries. Across a variety of contexts, consumer use of cost-effective products for prevention and non-acute care is highly sensitive to price and convenience, creating many opportunities for improving health substantially at low cost. The challenge of improving the quality of health services for treatment of disease is much harder. Health care delivery in many developing countries is very poor, with weak incentives for public-sector health workers. Reforms that strengthen incentives show promise but institutional details matter.