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 Growth of Private Hospitals and Public-Private Partnerships in Asia: Good or Bad for Health?

February 13, 2012

This colloquium will discuss the state of evidence, challenges, and research agenda regarding the growth of private hospitals and public-private hospital partnerships in developing Asia.

Divorce, Abortion and Sex Ratio at Birth: The Effect of the Amended Divorce Law in China

January 31, 2012

This seminar explores whether and to what extent the relative circumstances of men and women following marital dissolution affect sex selection behavior within marriages.

Japan’s Public Universal Health Insurance System Reform: Lessons for Achieving and Maintaining Universal Health Care Coverage

January 19, 2012

The global health community has been aiming at ensuring health coverage for all. To achieve universal health care coverage, the German Social Health Insurance model is one solution.

The Educational Gradient in Health: Evidence from China

November 18, 2011

In addition to the health-protective effects of higher income and social status, better education appears to be an important contributor to good health.

A Mechanism for Promoting Comparative Health Policy Research in the Asia-Pacific Region

October 20, 2011

The Asia Pacific Observatory (APO) on Health Systems and Policies was established in June 2011.

Health, Gender, and Migrant Workers in China

April 21, 2011

This colloquium will feature presentations by two visiting scholars from China. First, Dr. Huijun Liu will present research on health risks associated with gender imbalance in China.

Private Health Insurance in South Korea: An International Comparison

April 7, 2011

In this event, Dr. Jaeun Shin will discuss the historical and policy background of expanded private health insurance in South Korea.

Asian Biotech: Ethics and Communities of Fate

February 3, 2011

Asian Biotech:  Ethics and Communities of Fate is the title of a new book that Prof. Ong has co-edited with Nancy N.

Private Health Insurance in South Korea: An International ComparisonPrivate Health Insurance in South Korea: An International Comparison

February 2, 2011

In this study, we discuss the historical and policy background of expanded private health insurance in South Korea.

Comparative Policy Responses to Demographic Change in East Asia: Defining a Research Agenda

January 20, 2011

Demographic changes are profoundly shaping the political, economic, and social landscape of the Asia-Pacific region. How have individuals, families, communities, and policymakers responded?

Declining Fertility and Investment in Children: The Quality-Quantity Trade-off in Japan and East Asia

January 19, 2011

Professor Ogawa will present recent work on declining fertility and the rising cost of children in East Asian countries, using measures of investment per child from the National Transfer Accounts...

Health Reform in the Pacific: Comparing Approaches to Universal Coverage in the Philippines and the State of Hawaii

October 21, 2010

The Republic of the Philippines began on the path to universal coverage with the passage of the National Health Insurance Act of 1995 (Republic Act 7875) which established the Philippine Health...

Economic and Social Implications of Population Aging in Asia

October 12, 2010

How will population aging impact the economies and social protection systems of Japan, South Korea, China, and India?

Patient Trust in Physicians in China: A Survey of Beijing

June 3, 2010

The Chinese health care system has experienced profound changes like retrenchment of state financial support in the past decades.

Strict Liability for Medical Malpractice? The Impact of Increasing Malpractice Liability on Obstetrician Behavior in Taiwan

April 22, 2010

The extent and existence of "defensive medicine" -- excessive medical care to defend a physician against malpractice claims -- is a perennial subject of both policy and academic debate.  For...

Health and Development in Indonesia: The Effect of the 2004 Tsunami in Aceh and North Sumatra

April 6, 2010

The talk will look at the short and longer-term implications of the tsunami for mortality and several other social and economic outcomes in Aceh and North Sumatra using data from the Study of the...

The Health Policy Environment in Vietnam: Observations from an Outside Insider

February 25, 2010

The health sector's successes in Vietnam have been described as "legendary" by international donors, but there is always the other side of the story.

Grassroots Empowerment: Can Models from India Spark a Revolution in Healthcare Delivery in China?

January 14, 2010

In the four years since a State Council think tank, the Development Research Center, bluntly declared the failure of three decades of healthcare reform, China has placed a high political priority...

Evidence on the Benefits of Primary Care: Implications for Asia

October 22, 2009

As part of health reforms announced in April 2009, China plans to expand and strengthen primary care (i.e., provision of first contact, person-focused, ongoing care over time, and coordinating care...

Thailand's Universal Coverage System and Preliminary Evaluation of its Success

October 15, 2009

Thailand introduced a universal coverage program in 2001. This program is commonly known as a "30 Baht Health Reform," adding coverage for nearly 14 million more people.

Prescribing Cultures and Pharmaceutical Policy in the Asia-Pacific: A Book Launch Event

September 23, 2009

Pharmaceutical policies are interlinked globally, yet deeply rooted in local culture.

Health Care Reform Under Progressive Governments in Korea; and Late Life Inequality in Health, Work, and Economic Resources in Korea

May 7, 2009

This talk will combine presentations on the health and economic well-being of the elderly in Korea, and an attempt to evaluate the impact of health policy under a decade of progressive governments...