Manoj Mohanan

Assistant Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy

External Address: 
302 Towerview Drive, Rubenstein128, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90312, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 613-9263

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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  • Ph.D., Harvard University 2009
  • M.S.P.H., Harvard University 2000

Laktabai, J, Lesser, A, Platt, A, Maffioli, E, Mohanan, M, Menya, D, Prudhomme O'Meara, W, and 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, no. 3 (March 20, 2017): e013972-. Full Text

Maffioli, E, O'Meara, WP, Turner, EL, and Mohanan, M. "Can Individuals’ Beliefs Help Us Understand Nonadherence to Malaria Test Results? Evidence from Rural Kenya." Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (ERID) Working Paper, no. 243 (February 3, 2017).

Innovative partnership to target antimalarial subsidies in the retail sector awarded by National Institutes of Health (Investigator). 2014 to 2018

Developing an Interdisciplinary Graduate Curriculum in Global Health awarded by National Institutes of Health (Course Faculty). 2008 to 2012