Global Aging

Correcting Past Health Policy Mistakes

Abstract: China’s health policy in the 1980s followed its economic policy of marketization. China shifted health financing from public to private and commercialized the country’s public health services. Unwittingly, the Chinese government did not grasp the serious market failures in health care, which resulted in a profit-driven public health service in which patients pay directly […]

Review: ‘The Tyranny of Experts’ by William Easterly, on global development’s errors

Can a whole global development community be wrong? Can it be that it’s been wrong since the beginning? That the glittering palaces dedicated to fighting poverty — the World Bank, the United Nations, the Gates and Rockefeller foundations, not to mention the aid agencies, think tanks, and well-meaning initiatives by policy experts and Hollywood stars […]

Why trying to help poor countries might actually hurt them

It sounds kind of crazy to say that foreign aid often hurts, rather than helps, poor people in poor countries. Yet that is what Angus Deaton, the newestwinner of the Nobel Prize in economics, has argued. Deaton, an economist at Princeton University who studied poverty in India and South Africa and spent decades working at […]

The U.S. Government Engagement in Global Health: A Primer

Attention to global health by governments, policymakers, media, business leaders, and other institutions has increased markedly in recent decades. Since 2000, donor funding to address health challenges in low- and middle-income countries has grown substantially, new institutions and global goals have been established, and a burgeoning community of stakeholders has emerged around global health. The […]

Turning U.N. Development Goals Into Reality

The Sustainable Development Goals are indeed ambitious, as they go beyond Band-Aid solutions to eradicate — not just reduce — extreme poverty and hunger. But turning the goals into reality requires a fundamental change of approach on how resources are shared, in good economic times and bad. By next year, the wealth of the richest […]