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Economic Analysis of Population and Reproductive Health Policies



This paper uses the example of a safe motherhood program to present a standard simple economic framework for the evaluation of policies related to family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH). It should be helpful in framing responses to questions such as: • What are the objectives of this policy 1? • Is government action justified in this area? • Who benefits from the policy? • How can the policy be evaluated relative to alternative policies? Although the paper’s main purpose is to present the standard economic framework, it does point out significant differences between the economic framework and those used by other disciplines. Understanding the way economists formulate answers to these questions can be helpful to those working on FP/RH programs in two ways. First, it can help them design better policies. The standard economic framework offers a clear and compelling way to think about many health sector policies. Second, it can be helpful in communicating wit

Year: 2009
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