Adam Wagstaff is Research Manager of the Human Development and Public Services team in the Development Research Group. He holds a DPhil in economics from the University of York and, before joining the Bank, was a Professor of Economics at the University of Sussex. He was an associate editor of the Journal of Health Economics for 20 years and has published extensively on a variety of aspects of the field, including health financing and health systems reform; health, equity and poverty; the valuation of health; the demand for and production of health; efficiency measurement; and illicit drugs and drug enforcement. Much of his recent work has been on health insurance, health financing, vulnerability and health shocks, and provider payment reform. He has extensive experience of China and Vietnam but has worked on countries in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and Europe and Central Asia, as well as other countries in East Asia. Outside health economics, he has published on efficiency measurement in the public sector, the measurement of trade union power, the redistributive effect and sources of progressivity of the personal income tax, and the redistributive effect of economic growth.
This book provides a step-by-step guide to the use of ADePT for the quantitative analysis of equity and financial protection in the health sector. It also elucidates the concepts and methods used by the software and supplies moredetailed, technical explanations. The book is geared to practitioners, researchers, students, and teachers who have some knowledge of quantitative techniques and the manipulation of household data using such programs as SPSS or Stata.
Health equity has become an increasingly popular research topic during the course of the past 25 years. Many factors explain this trend, including a growing demand from policymakers, better and more plentiful household data, and increased computer power. But progress in quantifying and understanding health equities would not have been possible without appropriate analytic techniques. These techniques are the subject of this book.