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Navigating turbulent waters : addressing looming policy challenges for revived growth and improved living standards (English)

Papua New Guinea's (PNGs) economy has slowed from the very strong growth rates of recent years, as construction of the PNG liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility nears completion and export prices weaken, weighing on domestic activity. ... See More +

Brief 83242 DEC 04, 2013

Bulman, Tim; Suri, Vivek; Bailey, Laura; Shetty, Sudhir; Adelman, Melissa; Cairns, Alan; Gibson, John; Knight, David; Irava, Wayne; Narimatsu, Junko; Sharma, Manohar; Somanathan, Aparnaa; Sur, Mona

Rebuilding policy buffers, reinvigorating growth (English)

Global growth momentum accelerated during the second and third quarters of 2013, while many downside risks lingered in the background. Strengthening of global growth momentum will help developing East Asia maintain a growth rate in excess of 7 percent, retaining its status as the global growth leader. ... See More +

Publication 81681 OCT 01, 2013

Ollero, Antonio; Vashakmadze, Ekaterine; Mishra, Deepak; Spatafora, Nikola; Rocha, Roberto; Smits, Karlis; Wang, Jun; Mohapatra, Sanket; Packard, Truman; Nguyen, Tran Van; O'Keefe, Philip; Umapathi, Nithin; Somanathan, Aparnaa

Vietnam - Integrating the poor into universal health coverage in Vietnam (English)

This case study is aimed at providing a descriptive assessment of the key features of Vietnam's Social Health Insurance (SHI), focusing on the impediments to integrating the poor into universal coverage. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 74945 JAN 01, 2013

Dao, Huong Lan; Tien, Tran Van; Somanathan, Aparnaa

Demand-side financing for sexual and reproductive health services in low and middle-income countries : a review of the evidence (English)

Demand-side financing approaches have been introduced in a number of low and middle-income countries, with a particular emphasis on sexual and reproductive health. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6213 OCT 01, 2012

Witter, Sophie; Somanathan, Aparnaa

Financing health care in East Asia and the Pacific : best practices and remaining challenges (English)

This is an exciting time in East Asia and the Pacific region. No region will appear to be moving so rapidly. In this dynamic environment, many countries in the region have been approaching the World Bank requesting technical assistance and knowledge about health financing best practices and options. ... See More +

Publication 63260 JUN 16, 2011

Langenbrunner, John C.; Somanathan, Aparnaa

Health financing in Indonesia : a reform road map (English)

Indonesia is at a critical stage in the development and modernization of its health system. The government of Indonesia has made major improvements over the past four decades, but struggles to maintain and continue to improve important health outcomes for the poor and achieve the Millennium Development Goals. ... See More +

Publication 50174 AUG 03, 2009

Rokx, Claudia; Schieber, George; Tandon, Ajay; Harimurti, Pandu; Somanathan, Aparnaa

Use of modern medical care for pregnancy and childbirth care : does female schooling matter ? (English)

Controversy exists over whether the estimated effects of schooling on health care use reflect the influence of unobserved factors. Existing estimates may overstate the schooling effect because of the failure to control for unobserved variables or may be downwardly biased due to measurement error. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4625 MAY 01, 2008

Somanathan, Aparnaa

The impact of price subsidies on child health care use : evaluation of the Indonesian healthcard (English)

Financial barriers to seeking care are frequently cited as one of the main causes of underutilization of child health care services. This paper estimates the impact of Indonesia's healthcard on health care use by children. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4622 MAY 01, 2008

Somanathan, Aparnaa

The World Bank economic review 21 (1) (English)

This issue includes the following: growth and risk: methodology and micro evidence; by Chris Elbers, Jan Willem Gunning, and Bill Kinsey. Dollars, debt, and international financial institutions: dedollarizing multilateral lending; by Eduardo Levy Yeyati. ... See More +

Publication 45346 JAN 01, 2007

Elbers, Chris; Willem Gunning, Jan; Kinsey, Bill; Levy Yeyat, Eduardo; Fiess, Norbert; Devarajan, Shantayanan; Jack, William; O'Donnell, Owen;; Pradhan, Menno; Saadah, Fadia; Sparrow, Robert; Pfaffenzeller, Stephan; Newbold, Paul; Rayner, Anthony; Nicita, Alessandro; Olarreaga, Marcelo;; Karan Anup; M. Leung, Gabriel; Wan Ng, Chiu; Raj Pande, Badri; Tin, Keith; Tisayaticom, Kanjana; Trisnantoro, Laksono; Zhang, Yuhui; Zhao, Yuxin;; Doorslaer, Eddy van; Rannan-Eliya, Ravi P.; Somanathan, Aparnaa; Raj Adhikari, Shiva; Harbianto Den; Garg Charu C; Hanuorauongchai, Piya; N. Hug, Mohammed;

The incidence of public spending on healthcare : comparative evidence from Asia (English)

This article compares the incidence of public healthcare across eleven Asian countries and provinces, testing the dominance of healthcare concentration curves against an equal distribution and Lorenz curves and across countries. ... See More +

Journal Article 77535 JAN 01, 2007

Doorslaer, Eddy van; Tin, Keith; Leung, Gabriel M.; Ng, Chiu Wan; Garg, Charu C.; Karan, Anup; Tisayaticom, Kanjana; O'Donnell, Owen; Somanathan, Aparnaa; Harbianto, Deni; Huq, Mohammed N.; Zhang, Yuhui; Adhikari, Shiva Raj; Hanvoravongchai, Piya; Trisnantoro, Laksono; Zhao, Yuxin; Rannan-Eliya, Ravi P.; Pande, Badri Raj