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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Indian Ocean Strategic Futures

Re-examining assumptions of capability and intent

The Wisdom and Efficacy of Engagement: Objectives, Assumptions, and Impacts

Chapter from Engaging China:Fifty Years of Sino-American Relations, Anne F. Thurston, ed. Columbia University Press

Women Left Behind

Gender Disparities in Utilization of Government Health Insurance in India

Filtered Life

Air Purification, Gender, and Cigarettes in the People's Republic of China

Patterns of Impunity

Human Rights in North Korea and the Role of the U.S. Special Envoy

From Mandate to Blueprint

Lessons from Intelligence Reform

A Decade of Upheaval

The Cultural Revolution in Rural China

A quarter century of ‘The Proper Scope of Government’: Theory and Applications

February 2021

A quarter-century ago in a seminal paper, Hart, Shleifer, and Vishny (NBER1996, QJE1997) developed a theory of the ‘Proper Scope of Government.’ Oliver Hart, 2016 Nobel Laureate, reflects on that...

The Dragon, the Eagle, and the Private Sector

Public-Private Collaboration in China and the United States

The Precarious State of Cross-Strait Deterrence

Statement before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on “Deterring PRC Aggression Toward Taiwan”

The Effects of Chronic Disease Management in Primary Health Care: Evidence from Rural China

February 2021

Health systems globally face increasing morbidity and mortality from chronic diseases, yet many - especially in low- and middle-income countries - lack strong chronic disease management in primary...

Robots and Labor in the Service Sector: Evidence from Nursing Homes

February 2021

In one of the first studies of service sector robotics using establishment-level data, we study the relationship between robots and staffing in Japanese nursing homes.

United Front

Projecting Solidarity through Deliberation in Vietnam’s Single-Party Legislature

People

Photo of Diana Stanescu Diana Stanescu Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow, 2021-2022
Portrait of Radhika Jain Radhika Jain Asia Health Policy Postdoctoral Fellow, 2019-22
Photo of Mary-Collier Wilkes Mary-Collier Wilks Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow, 2021-2022
Photo of Tongtong Zhang Tongtong Zhang APARC Predoctoral Fellow, 2021-2022
Photo of Scot Marciel Scot Marciel Visiting Scholar at APARC
Photo of Masa Oishi Masahiko Oishi Visiting Scholar at APARC
Photo of Charles Crabtree Charles Crabtree Visiting Assistant Professor, Japan Program
Photo of Randon Storms Randon L. Storms Visiting Scholar at APARC
Photo of James Millward James Millward Visiting Scholar at APARC
default people 100x120 Yasumasa Yamamoto Visiting Scholar at APARC
Photo of Masami Yamamoto Masami Yamamoto Visiting Scholar at APARC
Photo of Sachiko Masuda Sachiko Masuda Visiting Scholar at APARC