Assistant Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
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
Mohanan, M, Miller, G, Donato, K, Truskinovsky, Y, and 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, no. 245 (May 2, 2017).
Sherry, TB, Bauhoff, S, and Mohanan, M. "Multitasking and Heterogeneous Treatment Effects in Pay-for-Performance in Health Care: Evidence from Rwanda." American Journal of Health Economics 3, no. 2 (May 1, 2017): 192-226. Open Access Copy
Mohanan, M, Giardili, S, Das, V, Rabin, TL, Raj, SS, Schwartz, JI, Seth, A, Goldhaber-Fiebert, JD, Miller, G, and Vera-Hernández, 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, no. 5 (May 1, 2017): 343-352E. Full Text
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).
Mohanan, M, Babiarz, KS, Goldhaber-Fiebert, JD, Miller, G, and Vera-Hernández, M. "Effect Of A Large-Scale Social Franchising And Telemedicine Program On Childhood Diarrhea And Pneumonia Outcomes In India." Health affairs (Project Hope) 35, no. 10 (October 2016): 1800-1809. Full Text
Mohanan, M, Hay, K, and Mor, N. "Quality Of Health Care In India: Challenges, Priorities, And The Road Ahead." Health affairs (Project Hope) 35, no. 10 (October 2016): 1753-1758. Full Text
Prudhomme O'Meara, W, Mohanan, M, Laktabai, J, Lesser, A, Platt, A, Maffioli, E, Turner, EL, and Menya, D. "Assessing the independent and combined effects of subsidies for antimalarials and rapid diagnostic testing on fever management decisions in the retail sector: results from a factorial randomised trial in western Kenya." BMJ global health 1, no. 2 (August 2016): e000101-. Full Text
Sherry, TB, Bauhoff, S, and 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, no. 136 (March 1, 2016).
Mohanan, M, Vera-Hernández, M, Das, V, Giardili, S, Goldhaber-Fiebert, JD, Rabin, TL, Raj, SS, Schwartz, JI, and Seth, A. "The know-do gap in quality of health care for childhood diarrhea and pneumonia in rural India." JAMA pediatrics 169, no. 4 (April 2015): 349-357. Full Text
Donato, K, Miller, G, Mohanan, M, Truskinovsky, Y, and Vera-Hernández, M. "Personality Traits and Performance Contracts: Evidence from a Field Experiment among Maternity Care Providers in India." May 2017. Full Text
Maselko, J, Mohanan, M, and Kawachi, I. "RESPONDING TO ADVERSITY? QUASI-EXPERIMENTAL EVIDENCE OF DYNAMIC SOCIAL CAPITAL AND ITS RELATION TO MENTAL HEALTH." June 1, 2010.
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