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Public v. Private

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Tim Harford is  the younger version of David Warsh when it comes to explaining economics in popular language.  This times, he deliver an accessible summary of a paper from Das and Hammer, who find the following:

Das and Hammer tested the competence and the practices of a sample of doctors by sending observers to sit in their surgeries. They discovered that “under-qualified private-sector doctors, although they know less, provide better care on average than their better-qualified counterparts in the public sector”. This is not particularly mysterious, because private-sector doctors don’t get paid unless they can convince their patients that they’re doing a decent job. Public-sector doctors draw salaries and, if they are held accountable at all, it is through indirect channels.


Written by Niall

August 22, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Sugar, Sugar, You are my candy girl

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International sugar prices are at record highs. This should help the Malawian economy  considerably, especially during a year when tobacco prices are low.

Written by Niall

August 14, 2009 at 8:55 am

Posted in Malawi

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