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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.

    Typical Courses Taught:

    • Pubpol 813, Quantitative eval meth
    • Glhlth 750, Health sys in dvlpng countries
    • Pubpol 313, Quantitative eval meth
    • Econ 356, Health economics: supply Synopsis
    • Glhlth 340, Health sys in dvlpng countries

    Recent Publications   (More Publications)

    1. Sherry, TB; Bauhoff, S; Mohanan, M. "Multitasking and Heterogeneous Treatment Effects in Pay-for-Performance in Health Care: Evidence from Rwanda." Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (ERID) Working Paper 136 (August, 2015).  [abs]
    2. Mohanan, M; Vera-Hernández, M; Das, V; Giardili, S; Goldhaber-Fiebert, JD; Rabin, TL; Raj, SS; Schwartz, JI; Seth, A. "The know-do gap in quality of health care for childhood diarrhea and pneumonia in rural India.." JAMA Pediatrics 169.4 (April, 2015): 349-357. [doi]  [abs]
    3. with Mohanan, M; Bauhoff, S; La Forgia, G; Babiarz, KS; Singh, K; Miller, G. "Effect of Chiranjeevi Yojana on institutional deliveries and neonatal and maternal outcomes in Gujarat, India: A difference-in-differences analysis | Effets du programme Chiranjeevi Yojana sur les accouchements en institutions et les résultats néonatals et maternels au Gujarat, en Inde: Une analyse de l'écart des différences." Bulletin of the World Health Organization 92.3 (Accepted, March 1, 2014): 187-194. [available here], [doi]  [abs]
    4. with Sebastian Bauhoff, Gerard La Forgia, Kimberly Singer Babiarz, Kultar Singh, Grant Miller. "Impact of the Chiranjeevi Yojana Program on Institutional Deliveries and Birth Outcomes in Gujarat, India: A Difference-in-Difference Analysis." Bulletin of World Health Organization (December, 2013). [pdf]  [abs]
    5. Mohanan, M. "Causal Effects of Health Shocks on Consumption and Debt: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Bus Accident Injuries." Review of Economics and Statistics 95.2 (May, 2013): 673-681. [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.


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    Current Ph.D. Students  

    Manoj Mohanan