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Manoj Mohanan, Assistant Professor of Sanford School of Public Policy and Economics and Assistant Research Professor of Global Health and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center  

Office Location: 302 Towerview Drive, Rubenstein128, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 613-9263
Duke Box: 90312
Email Address: manoj.mohanan@duke.edu
Web Page: http://www.manojmohanan.com/
Web Page: http://www.cohesiveindia.org

Areas of Expertise

    Ph.D., Harvard University, 2009
    SM, Harvard School of Public Health, 2004
    MPH, Harvard School of Public Health, 2000
    M.S.P.H., Harvard University, 2000
    MBBS, Grant Medical College (University of Mumbai, India), 1997

    Research Categories: Health Economics, Development Economics, Applied Micro, Health Policy

    Current projects:
    Experimental evaluation of input based contracts v/s outcome contingent contracts in pay for performance,
    Impact of Pay for Performance in Rwanda,
    Evaluation of Vouchers and Conditional Cash Transfers to improve obstetric care,
    Experimental evaluation of telemedicine; estimating price elasticity of demand for higher quality care,
    Impact of incentives v/s monitoring and social accountability to improve quality of care,
    Evaluation of state health insurance program in Karnataka (India)

    Research Description: Manoj Mohanan's current research projects include development of innovative methods to measure quality of care in primary care, impact evaluation of large public sector subsidy programs, experimental evaluation of provider incentives, evaluation of social franchising models, and estimating the effect of quality information on provider choice.

    Teaching (Spring 2018):   (typical courses)

    • Pubpol 813.01, Quantitative eval meth Synopsis
      Sanford 05, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    • Pubpol 890.12, Special topics Synopsis
      Rubenstein 151, MW 08:30 AM-09:45 AM

    Recent Publications   (More Publications)

    1. Mohanan, M; Miller, G; Donato, K; Truskinovsky, Y; Vera-Hernandez, M. "Different Strokes for Different Folks: Experimental Evidence on the Effectiveness of Input and Output Incentive Contracts for Health Care Providers with Different Levels of Skills." Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (ERID) Working Paper 245 (May, 2017).
    2. Sherry, TB; Bauhoff, S; Mohanan, M. "Multitasking and Heterogeneous Treatment Effects in Pay-for-Performance in Health Care: Evidence from Rwanda." American Journal of Health Economics 3.2 (May, 2017): 192-226.  [abs]
    3. Donato, K; Miller, G; Mohanan, M; Truskinovsky, Y; Vera-Hern├índez, M. "Personality Traits and Performance Contracts: Evidence from a Field Experiment among Maternity Care Providers in India." American Economic Review 107.5 (May, Submitted, 2017): 506-510. [doi]
    4. Mohanan, M; Giardili, S; Das, V; Rabin, TL; Raj, SS; Schwartz, JI; Seth, A; Goldhaber-Fiebert, JD; Miller, G; Vera-Hern├índez, M. "Evaluation of a social franchising and telemedicine programme and the care provided for childhood diarrhoea and pneumonia, Bihar, India." Bulletin of the World Health Organization 95.5 (May, 2017): 343-352E. [doi]
    5. Laktabai, J; Lesser, A; Platt, A; Maffioli, E; Mohanan, M; Menya, D; Prudhomme O'Meara, W; Turner, EL. "Innovative public-private partnership to target subsidised antimalarials: a study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial to evaluate a community intervention in Western Kenya.." BMJ Open 7.3 (March, 2017): e013972. [doi]  [abs]

    Curriculum Vitae


    Manoj Mohanan is an applied microeconomist, focusing on health and development economics, with a background in medicine and public health. His research focuses on topics related to health and health care in developing countries including: performance-based contracts, measurement of provider quality and performance, social franchising, and social accountability / monitoring.  He also studies the role of subjective expectations and beliefs in health care behavior.


    Several of his projects feature field experiments, policy interventions and evaluations. He is involved in research projects in India, Kenya and China.


    For more on policy evaluation and research projects in India, please visit


    Current Ph.D. Students  

    • Divya Guru Rajan  

    Manoj Mohanan