International Development

International Development

FSI researchers consider international development from a variety of angles. They analyze ideas such as how public action and good governance are cornerstones of economic prosperity in Mexico and how investments in high school education will improve China’s economy.

They are looking at novel technological interventions to improve rural livelihoods, like the development implications of solar power-generated crop growing in Northern Benin.

FSI academics also assess which political processes yield better access to public services, particularly in developing countries. With a focus on health care, researchers have studied the political incentives to embrace UNICEF’s child survival efforts and how a well-run anti-alcohol policy in Russia affected mortality rates.

FSI’s work on international development also includes training the next generation of leaders through pre- and post-doctoral fellowships as well as the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program.

Recent Events

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The Effects of Early-Life Exposure to Pollution on Children's Human Capital Formation: the Case of Indonesia

January 6, 2016

Co-sponsored by the Asia Health Policy Program & the Southeast Asia Program This paper analyzes the effects of an early-life shock in Indonesia on children’s human capital formation and...

Air Pollution and Short-Term Mortality in Beijing

June 6, 2014

Little empirical evidence exists on the health costs of air pollution in China, one of the most polluted countries in the world.

CHALLENGES IN THE PROCESS OF URBANIZATION: CHINA IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

May 25, 2014

China’s National New-type Urbanization Plan (2014-2020) sets ambitious targets for sustainable, human-centered, and environmentally friendly urbanization.

The Effects of Indonesia's Conditional Cash Transfer Program

May 8, 2014

This study analyzes the effects of Indonesia's conditional cash transfer program on the local health care market in terms of price, utilization, and quality of care.

Overcoming Health Challenges Facing Mongolia: Medical and Entrepreneurial Perspectives

April 9, 2014

Average life expectancy in Mongolia is 65 years, much shorter than that of other East Asian countries such as South Korea (78.5 years) and China (72.5 years).

Information, Development, and Life-course Smoking Pattern in Mainland China and Taiwan over 50 Years

January 28, 2014

We use retrospectively reported data on smoking behavior of residents of Mainland China and Taiwan to compare and contrast patterns in smoking behavior over the life-course of individuals in these...

Why Do Parents Abort Girls? Patrilocality and Its Historical Origin

January 15, 2014

Co-sponsored by the Stanford Center for International Development Recent scholarship has documented an alarming increase in the sex ratio at birth in parts of East Asia, South Asia and the Caucuses...

NHI Reform in Taiwan: Recent Developments

October 14, 2013

Co-sponsored by the Center of East Asian Studies, Stanford University Prominent health policy expert—Rachel Lu from Taiwan—will share her view on recent health policy developments in the region,...

Advancing Science to Reduce Premature Mortality Worldwide

October 1, 2013

Co-sponsored by the Center for South Asia, Stanford University Human life expectancy improved more in the last 50 years than in the preceding 5000 years.

The Impact of Migration on the Sending Country: Evidence from the Philippines

May 9, 2013

More than 215 million people—approximately 3% of the world’s population—now live outside their country of birth (United Nations, 2009).

Paying for Performance to Improve Health in Rural China

April 25, 2013

Grant Miller will discuss the results of his SAPARC-funded research in rural China, supplementing a large NIH-funded project about pay-for-performance to improve health.

Gender Imbalance and Social Network Pressures in Rural China

February 21, 2013

China and some other Asian countries have experienced a large surplus of men of marriageable age.

The Impact of Water Quality on Health and Youth Education in Rural China

January 30, 2013

Providing people with safe drinking water is one of the most important health-related infrastructure programs in the world.

Intergenerational Family Transfers and Local Gossip in Japan: Comparative Political Economy of Insurance Provision

January 27, 2013

Why are transfers from younger to older generations generous in some societies and not in others?

Health and Aging in Japan

January 9, 2013

Professor Hidehiko Ichimura of the University of Tokyo will share recent results from his research on the health of older adults and the retirement process in Japan.

Health and Aging in Japan

January 8, 2013

Professor Hidehiko Ichimura of the University of Tokyo will share recent results from his research on the health of older adults and the retirement process in Japan.

Gender Imbalance in China: A Cautionary Tale of Land Reform, Income, and Sex Ratios

November 27, 2012

Venue Changed to the Philippines Conference Room   This paper examines the effect of income growth induced by 1978–84 land reform on the sex ratio imbalance in China.

Intergenerational Living Arrangements in South Korea: Health and Economic Implications

November 12, 2012

Population aging in Asian societies is accompanied by changes in intergenerational living arrangements, which can have substantial health and economic implications for the elderly parents and their...

Long-Term Outcomes and Heterogeneity of Effects of Health Interventions in Matlab, Bangladesh

October 10, 2012

This research aims to better understand the impact of the Matlab health interventions by using panel data to control for unobservables and understand the dynamics and long-term effects of these...

The Next Phase of China’s Health System Reforms

May 29, 2012

In spring 2009, China’s leadership announced ambitious national health reforms. Have the five stated goals of the first three years of reform been met?

The Spillover Effect of National Health Insurance on Household Consumption Patterns in Taiwan

May 3, 2012

One of the major aims of implementing a national health insurance program in Taiwan in 1995 was to provide financial risk protection to the country's 23 million citizens.

Patterns of Elderly Life Expectancy in Three Chinese Cities: Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei

April 30, 2012

Life expectancy at aged 65 is remarkably similar in the three Chinese cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Taipei, even though the cities differ in levels of socioeconomic development, health systems...

Critical Industry Studies in Cigarette Production Before, During, and After “Liberation”

March 26, 2012

Historians, health policy specialists, sociologists, anthropologists, business scholars, and other experts will meet Mar.

Do Different Health Insurance Plans in China Create Disparities in Health Care Utilization and Expenditures?

February 23, 2012

Venue Changed to the Philippines Conference Room China has recently reformed its health care system with the intent of providing universal coverage for basic health care to every Chinese citizen....