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Featuring Erika Deserranno
PhD Candidate, Department of Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science
Hosted by Matt Collin
Research Fellow, Center for Global Development in Europe
Discussant Mylene Lagarde Senior Lecturer in Health Economics, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Given the critical shortage of health workers many developing countries face, the question of how much health staff should be paid remains a critical one. The question becomes more complex when we consider that different types of people apply to become health workers, and that different pay structures may influence the quality and quantity of these applicants.
In this paper, Erika Deserranno investigates how expectations over pay changes the type of people who apply for health worker positions, how health organisations perform, and how potential workers perceive their job. To do this, she collaborated with a Ugandan NGO to experimentally vary expected pay during a rural Community Health Promoter recruitment drive.
She found that while higher-paying positions are more likely to be filled, they discourage applicants with stronger 'prosocial' preferences. Because positions advertised as being more lucrative are less likely to recruit workers who are socially motivated, these positions suffer from higher turnover rates and worse performance.
The CGD Europe Sandwich Seminars brings some of the world's leading development scholars to discuss their new research and ideas. The presentations aim to meet an academic standard of quality and are at times technical, and retain a focus on a mixed audience of researchers and policymakers. A light lunch is provided.
Every year, more than 5 million women, children and adolescents die from preventable conditions, due to a significant financing gap for healthcare for women, children and adolescents, and inadequate incentives for provision and use of quality health services, among other factors. The Global Financing Facility (GFF) in support of Every Woman Every Child is a new approach to sustainable global health financing that is supporting countries’ approaches to financing and investing in the health of their people.
Many practitioners and researchers are grappling with how to better measure women’s and girls’ empowerment in impact evaluations. Which approaches to measuring a complex social outcome like decision-making power should we use, and can we improve on our existing models? When should we use internationally standardized survey questions and when is it better to develop locally tailored ones? Can non-survey instruments pick up useful information that surveys can’t, and when should we think about using them?
Five members of the Zimbabwe Working Group traveled to Harare May 20-25 to meet with the government, opposition leaders, and a wide range of business, religious, and civil society organizations to assess prospects for free and fair elections and for meaningful political and economic reform. Please join us to hear from the delegation as they share their findings and recommendations for US policy.