Jeff Hammer is the Charles and Marie Robertson Visiting Professor in Economic Development at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He came to the Woodrow Wilson School after 25 years at the World Bank where he held various positions related to public economics, the last three in the New Delhi Office where he worked on decentralisation and community development projects in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. His research interests include economic development, public economics and health in poor countries, particularly in Asia and Africa and more particularly in South Asia. Current research is on the quality of medical care in India, absenteeism of teachers and health workers, determinants of health status and improving service delivery through better accountability mechanisms. He has written extensively on these subjects. For example, an article titled “The Quality of Medical Advice in Low-Income Countries” (with Jishnu Das and Kenneth Leonard) was published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives. He teaches courses on Economic Development and the Economics of Health Policy in Developing Countries. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Sanitation in India: First things first
27 Jan 2014
Recent research points towards the role of poor sanitation in ill health and stunting. This column demonstrates the negative impact of open defecation habits and poor nutritional status on the height of children in India. It recommends that the government should prioritise sanitation by building infrastructure and spreading awareness, before focusing on providing publicly funded medical care.
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