The effect of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs on the health and development of children in poor families is an important question in developing countries.
Prof Orazio Attanasio works on the evaluation of the Familias en Acción program, a large welfare program inspired by the Mexican Progresa. It is a conditional cash transfer intended to foster the accumulation of human capital among poor families in rural Colombia.
Dr Marcos Vera Hernandez research interest include studying the determinants
of health and health care in developing countries, paying particular
attention to health insurance, adverse shocks, social networks, and
social programmes. He has also worked on empirical issues related
to asymmetric information and health insurance markets in the UK,
Spain, and the US.
Dr Ian Forde was awarded a three year research training fellowship
from the Medical Research Council in 2008 to study the effectiveness
and desirability of conditional cash transfer schemes as public
health interventions, particularly as understood within a social
determinants framework. He is working on obesity and childhood
development using data from the Familias en Acción Project,
a Colombian conditional cash transfer program.
Forde I, Raine R. Placing the individual within a social determinants approach to health inequity. The Lancet, 2008; 372(9650):1694-1696.
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