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Adam Wagstaff

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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. 

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How useful is inequality of opportunity as a policy construct ? (English)

The academic literature on equality of opportunity has burgeoned. The concepts and measures have begun to be used by policy institutions, including in specific sectors such as health and education. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6980 JUL 01, 2014

Kanbur, Ravi; Wagstaff, Adam

Encouraging health insurance for the informal sector : a cluster randomized trial : Encouraging health insurance for the informal sector : a cluster randomized trial (English)

Subsidized voluntary enrollment in government-run health insurance schemes is often proposed as a way of increasing coverage among informal sector workers and their families. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6910 JUN 01, 2014

Wagstaff, Adam; Nguyen, Ha Thi Hong; Dao, Huyen; Balesd, Sarah

CATA meets IMPOV: a unified approach to measuring financial protection in health (English)

Up to now catastrophic and impoverishing payments have been seen as two alternative approaches to measuring financial protection in health. Building on the previous literature, the authors propose a unified methodology in which impoverishing and catastrophic payments are mutually exclusive outcomes. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6861 MAY 01, 2014

Wagstaff, Adam; Eozenou, Patrick Hoang-Vu

What a difference a state makes : health reform in Andhra Pradesh (English)

In the mid-2000s, India began rolling out large-scale, publicly-financed health insurance schemes mostly targeting the poor. This paper describes and analyzes Andhra Pradesh's Aarogyasri scheme, which covers against the costs of around 900 high-cost procedures delivered in secondary and tertiary hospitals. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6883 MAY 01, 2014

Bergkvist, Sofi; Wagstaff, Adam; Katyal, Anuradha; Singh, Prabal V.; Samarth, Amit; Rao, Mala

The impact of a pay-for-performance scheme on prescription quality in rural China : an impact evaluation (English)

In China, health care providers have traditionally been paid fee-for-service and overprescribing and high out-of-pocket spending are common. In this study, township health centers in two counties were assigned almost randomly to two groups: in one, fee-for-service was replaced by a global capitated budget; in the other, by a mix of global capitated budget and pay-for-performance. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6892 MAY 01, 2014

Sun, Xiaojie; Liu, Xiaoyun; Sun, Qiang; Yip, Winnie; Wagstaff, Adam; Meng, Qingyue

Effects of interventions to raise voluntary enrollment in a social health insurance scheme : a cluster randomized trial (English)

A cluster randomized controlled trial was undertaken, testing two sets of interventions to encourage enrollment in the Philippines' Individual Payer Program. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6893 MAY 01, 2014

Capuno, Joseph J.; Kraft, Aleli D.; Quimbo, Stella; Tan, Jr. Carlos R.; Wagstaff, Adam

Progress toward the health MDGs : are the poor being left behind ? (English)

This paper looks at differential progress on the health Millennium Development Goals between the poor and better-off within countries. The findings are based on original analysis of 235 Demographic and Health Surveys and Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys, spanning 64 developing countries over the period 1990-2011. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6894 MAY 01, 2014

Wagstaff, Adam; Bredenkamp, Caryn; Buisman, Leander R.

Getting incentives right : an impact evaluation of district hospital capitation payment in Vietnam (English)

With the movement toward universal health coverage gaining momentum, the global health research community has made significant efforts to advance knowledge about the impact of various schemes to expand population coverage. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6709 NOV 01, 2013

Nguyen, Ha Thi Hong; Bales, Sarah; Wagstaff, Adam; Dao, Huyen

Health equity and financial protection datasheet : East Asia and Pacific (English)

The health equity and financial protection datasheets provide a picture of equity and financial protection in the health sectors of low- and middle-income countries. ... See More +

Working Paper 72008 AUG 22, 2012

Bredenkamp, Caryn; Wagstaff, Adam; Buisman, Leander; Prencipe, Leah; Delete, Me

Health equity and financial protection datasheet : Middle East and North Africa (English)

The health equity and financial protection datasheets provide a picture of equity and financial protection in the health sectors of low-and middle-income countries. ... See More +

Working Paper 72013 AUG 22, 2012

Bredenkamp, Caryn; Wagstaff, Adam; Buisman, Leander; Prencipe, Leah; Delete, Me; Delete, Me2

Health equity and financial protection datasheet : South Asia (English)

The health equity and financial protection datasheets provide a picture of equity and financial protection in the health sectors of low- and middle-income countries. ... See More +

Working Paper 72014 AUG 01, 2012

Bredenkamp, Caryn; Wagstaff, Adam; Buisman, Leander; Prencipe, Leah; Delete, Me

Health equity and financial protection datasheet : Sub-Saharan Africa (English)

The health equity and financial protection datasheets provide a picture of equity and financial protection in the health sectors of low- and middle-income countries. ... See More +

Working Paper 72016 AUG 01, 2012

Bredenkamp, Caryn; Wagstaff, Adam; Buisman, Leander; Prencipe, Leah

Health equity and financial protection datasheet : Europe and Central Asia (English)

The health equity and financial protection datasheets provide a picture of equity and financial protection in the health sectors of low-and middle-income countries. ... See More +

Working Paper 72011 AUG 01, 2012

Bredenkamp, Caryn; Wagstaff, Adam; Buisman, Leander; Prencipe, Leah; Delete, Me; Delete, Me2

Health equity and financial protection datasheet : Latin America (English)

The health equity and financial protection datasheets provide a picture of equity and financial protection in the health sectors of low-and middle-income countries. ... See More +

Working Paper 72012 AUG 01, 2012

Bredenkamp, Caryn; Wagstaff, Adam; Buisman, Leander; Prencipe, Leah; Delete, Me; Delete, Me2

Mongolia - Health equity and financial protection report (English)

The health equity and financial protection reports are short country-specific volumes that provide a picture of equity and financial protection in the health sectors of low- and middle-income countries. ... See More +

Working Paper 72450 JUL 23, 2012

Tsilaajav, Tsolmon; Somanathan, Aparnaa; Buisman, Leander; Bredenkamp, Caryn; Wagstaff, Adam; Prencipe, Leah

Universal health care and informal labor markets : the case of Thailand (English)

This paper explores the possibility that universal health coverage may inadvertently result in distorted labor market choices, with workers preferring informal employment over formal employment, leading to negative effects on investment and growth, as well as reduced protection against non-health risks and the income risks associated with ill health. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6116 JUL 01, 2012

Wagstaff, Adam; Manachotphong, Wanwiphang

The health effects of universal health care : evidence from Thailand (English)

This paper exploits the staggered rollout of Thailand’s universal health coverage scheme to estimate its impacts on whether individuals report themselves as being too ill to work. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6119 JUL 01, 2012

Wagstaff, Adam; Manachotphong, Wanwiphang

The impacts of public hospital autonomization : evidence from a quasi-natural experiment (English)

This paper exploits the staggered rollout of Vietnam’s hospital autonomization policy to estimate its impacts on several key health sector outcomes including hospital efficiency, use of hospital care, and out-of-pocket spending. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6137 JUL 01, 2012

Wagstaff, Adam; Bales, Sarah

Pakistan - Health equity and financial protection report (English)

The health equity and financial protection reports are short country-specific volumes that provide a picture of equity and financial protection in the health sectors of low-and middle-income countries. ... See More +

Working Paper 71256 MAY 23, 2012

Bredenkamp, Caryn; Wagstaff, Adam; Bilger, Marcel; Buisman, Leander; Prencipe, Leah; Delete, Me; Delete, Me2

Zambia - Health equity and financial protection report (English)

This report analyses equity and financial protection in the health sector of Zambia. In particular, it examines inequalities in health outcomes, health behavior and health care utilization; benefit incidence analysis; financial protection; and the progressivity of health care financing. ... See More +

Working Paper 71260 MAY 21, 2012

Bredenkamp, Caryn; Wagstaff, Adam; Bilger, Marcel; Buisman, Leander; Prencipe, Leah; Young, Darwin

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How useful is inequality of opportunity as a policy construct ? (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 WPS6980 Policy Research Working Paper
Encouraging health insurance for the informal sector : a cluster randomized trial : Encouraging health insurance for the informal sector : a cluster randomized trial (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6910 Policy Research Working Paper
CATA meets IMPOV: a unified approach to measuring financial protection in health (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 WPS6861 Policy Research Working Paper
What a difference a state makes : health reform in Andhra Pradesh (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 WPS6883 Policy Research Working Paper
The impact of a pay-for-performance scheme on prescription quality in rural China : an impact evaluation (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 WPS6892 Policy Research Working Paper
Effects of interventions to raise voluntary enrollment in a social health insurance scheme : a cluster randomized trial (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 WPS6893 Policy Research Working Paper
Progress toward the health MDGs : are the poor being left behind ? (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 WPS6894 Policy Research Working Paper
Getting incentives right : an impact evaluation of district hospital capitation payment in Vietnam (English)
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NOV 01, 2013 WPS6709 Policy Research Working Paper
Health equity and financial protection datasheet : East Asia and Pacific (English)
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AUG 22, 2012 72008 Working Paper
Health equity and financial protection datasheet : Middle East and North Africa (English)
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AUG 22, 2012 72013 Working Paper
Health equity and financial protection datasheet : South Asia (English)
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AUG 01, 2012 72014 Working Paper
Health equity and financial protection datasheet : Sub-Saharan Africa (English)
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AUG 01, 2012 72016 Working Paper
Health equity and financial protection datasheet : Europe and Central Asia (English)
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AUG 01, 2012 72011 Working Paper
Health equity and financial protection datasheet : Latin America (English)
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AUG 01, 2012 72012 Working Paper
Mongolia - Health equity and financial protection report (English)
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JUL 23, 2012 72450 Working Paper
Universal health care and informal labor markets : the case of Thailand (English)
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JUL 01, 2012 WPS6116 Policy Research Working Paper
The health effects of universal health care : evidence from Thailand (English)
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JUL 01, 2012 WPS6119 Policy Research Working Paper
The impacts of public hospital autonomization : evidence from a quasi-natural experiment (English)
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JUL 01, 2012 WPS6137 Policy Research Working Paper
Pakistan - Health equity and financial protection report (English)
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MAY 23, 2012 71256 Working Paper
Zambia - Health equity and financial protection report (English)
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MAY 21, 2012 71260 Working Paper