Pardee Research Seminar: Karra on Distance and Health


Mahesh Karra, Assistant Professor of Global Development Policy at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, gave a talk as part of the Pardee School Research Seminar Series on October 3, 2017.

Karra’s presented his research on the impact of distance on health and well-being in a talk entitled “Understanding and Measuring the Impact of Distance on Health: Evidence From Two Studies.” 

Discussing the background of his research, Karra said that despite progress made toward reducing child mortality, nearly 18,000 children under the age of five die every day. According to Karra, many of these deaths could be avoided with increased utilization of health services.

Karra said the goal of his research is to gain greater understanding of how distance is related to utilization of health services, to explore measurement problems with distance data and to propose a methodological solution to these problems.

The Pardee School Research a forum for faculty and students to discuss and receive feedback on ongoing research. The series is a mix of presentations, works-in-progress sessions, and research workshops. Faculty and students based at BU and elsewhere are invited to present and attend the Research Seminar Series. Anyone interested in presenting should send an e-mail with name, affiliation, and a presentation description, with “Pardee Seminar” in the subject line, to: Mahesh Karra or Jayita Sarkar.

Karra’s academic and research interests are broadly in development economics, health economics, quantitative methods, and applied demography. His research utilizes experimental and non-experimental methods to investigate the relationships between population, health, and economic development in low- and middle-income countries.