Health and Medicine

Health and Medicine

FSI’s researchers assess health and medicine through the lenses of economics, nutrition and politics. They’re studying and influencing public health policies of local and national governments and the roles that corporations and nongovernmental organizations play in providing health care around the world. Scholars look at how governance affects citizens’ health, how children’s health care access affects the aging process and how to improve children’s health in Guatemala and rural China. They want to know what it will take for people to cook more safely and breathe more easily in developing countries.

FSI professors investigate how lifestyles affect health. What good does gardening do for older Americans? What are the benefits of eating organic food or growing genetically modified rice in China? They study cost-effectiveness by examining programs like those aimed at preventing the spread of tuberculosis in Russian prisons. Policies that impact obesity and undernutrition are examined; as are the public health implications of limiting salt in processed foods and the role of smoking among men who work in Chinese factories. FSI health research looks at sweeping domestic policies like the Affordable Care Act and the role of foreign aid in affecting the price of HIV drugs in Africa.

Recent Publications

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Being in North Korea

August 2020

In 2010, while working on a PhD in South Korea, Andray Abrahamian visited the other Korea, a country he had studied for years but never seen.

The Deer and the Dragon: Southeast Asia and China in the 21st Century

July 2020

Southeast Asia is arguably the most diverse region in the world.

The Changing Risk and Burden of Wildfire in the US

June 2020

Recent dramatic and deadly increases in global wildfire activity have increased attention on the causes of wildfires, their consequences, and how risk from fire might be mitigated.

Dust pollution from the Sahara and African infant mortality

June 2020

Estimation of pollution impacts on health is critical for guiding policy to improve health outcomes.

Intended and Unintended Consequences of a New Limit on Working Hours in South Korea: Implications for Precarious Employment

June 2020

Effective as of July 1, 2018, South Korea set a new cap on employees’ weekly working hours, decreasing the maximum number from 68 to 52.

COVID-19 Incidence and the Timing of Quarantine Measures and Travel Restrictions: A Cross-country Analysis

June 2020

COVID-19 presents humanity with not just a health crisis but also a governance crisis as leaders around the globe confront the challenges of stemming the spread of the virus.

Cheburashka, Soros, Hillary’s Fly: Dispatches from the June 2020 Twitter Inauthentic Activity Takedown

June 2020

DOWNLOAD WHITEPAPEROn June 11, 2020, Twitter announced the takedown of 1,152 accounts engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior, attributing the activity to actors affiliated with Current Policy....

Sockpuppets Spin COVID Yarns: An Analysis of PRC-Attributed June 2020 Twitter takedown

June 2020

DOWNLOAD WHITEPAPEROn June 11, 2020, Twitter announced the takedown of a collection of 23,750 accounts attributed to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), with technical indicators linking the...

Reassessing American Democracy: The Enduring Challenge of Racial Exclusion

June 2020

American democracy is in trouble.

Learning about Electricity Market Performance with a Large Share of Renewables from the COVID-19 Lock-Down

June 2020

We show that the negative demand shock due to the COVID-19 lock-down has reduced net-demand system demand less the amount of energy produced by intermittent renewables and net imports that must be...

Teacher Qualifications and Development Outcomes of Preschool Children in Rural China

May 2020

In the preschool period, interactions between teachers and children are an essential input for healthy development.

An Experimental Comparison of Carbon Pricing Under Uncertainty in Electricity Markets

May 2020

We report on an economic experiment that compares outcomes in electricity markets subject to carbon-tax and cap-and-trade policies.

Healthy Aging in Asia

May 2020

Life expectancy in Japan, South Korea, and much of urban China has now outpaced that of the United States and other high-income countries.

Beyond War and Contracts: The Medieval and Religious Roots of the European State

May 2020

Where does the state come from? Two canonical answers have been interstate wars and contracts between rulers and the ruled in the early modern period.

Intention to Pay for HPV Vaccination among Women of Childbearing Age in Vietnam

May 2020

The intention to pay for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among women of childbearing age in Vietnam, where cervical cancer remains a significant public health concern, has been mostly...

Economic Policy Challenges Facing California's Next Governor: Electricity Policy Reform

May 2020

Californians like to think of themselves as environmentally conscious and forward-thinking. The state’s energy and environmental policies reflect these sentiments.

Fateful Decisions: Choices That Will Shape China's Future

May 2020

Explore our series of multimedia interviews and Q&As with the contributors to this volume: China’s Incentives to Work Within the U.S.-led International Order Remain Compelling, Argues Thomas...

Money burning in the theory of delegation

May 2020

This paper uses a Lagrangian approach to provide sufficient conditions under which money burning expenditures are used in an optimal delegation contract.

Weasel Words and the Analysis of “Postcommunist” Politics: A Symposium

May 2020

A weasel word is a term used in academic or political discourse whose meaning is so imprecise or badly defined that it impedes the formulation of coherent thought on the subject to which it is...

Breaking routine for energy savings: An appliance-level analysis of small business behavior under dynamic prices

May 2020

Small businesses are typically committed to providing a positive customer experience and therefore may exhibit a response to dynamic electricity prices different from residential or industrial...

Measuring the Ability to Exercise Unilateral Market Power in Locational-Pricing Markets: An Application to the Italian Electricity Market

April 2020

An increasing number of wholesale electricity markets employ locational pricing mech­anisms where energy prices account for some or all aspects of the transmission network configuration.

Depressive Symptoms and the Link with Academic Performance among Rural Taiwanese Children

April 2020

Previous studies reflect a high prevalence of depressive symptoms among Taiwanese adolescents (ages 13–18), but there is an absence of literature related to the risk of depression of children in...

A Research Agenda for Cyber Risk and Cyber Insurance

April 2020

A Research Agenda for Cyber Risk and Cyber InsuranceBy: Gregory Falco, Stanford UniversityMartin Eling, University of St.

Market Performance Assessment in Locational Markets with Non-Convexities

April 2020

We extend the competitive benchmark pricing model of Borenstein et al. (2002) to locational-pricing markets.

People

H.R. McMaster Bernard and Susan Liautaud Visiting Fellow
Lanhee J. Chen Affiliate at the Center on Democracy Development and the Rule of Law
James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Rosamond L. Naylor Senior Fellow William Wrigley Professor of Earth System Science, Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Professor, by courtesy, Economics, Senior Fellow and Founding Director, Center on Food Security and the Environment
Dr. Jean C. Oi Jean C. Oi Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL Professor of the Practice, Law
Kathryn Stoner Deputy Director, Senior Fellow Senior Fellow
Grant Miller Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Frank Wolak PESD Director, Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Philip Taubman Lecturer
Prashant Loyalka Senior Fellow, Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Education
Rod Ewing Rodney C. Ewing Senior Fellow Professor of Geological Sciences