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Population and reproductive health: An economic framework for policy evaluation

By Jere R. Behrman and James C. Knowles


THIS ARTICLE PRESENTS and illustrates the use of a standard simple economic framework for the evaluation of policies on population and reproductive health services and contrasts this framework with current discussions of several issues in these fields. There is a long tradition of economic analysis in the population and reproductive health fields. Nevertheless, a number of current policy discussions could benefit from some realignment to become more consistent with the broader field of human resource policy analysis. We think that there are two gains from such a realignment. First, the use of the standard economic framework for policy analysis would facilitate communication between analysts and policymakers working in the population and reproductive health community and economists and policymakers not working in these fields who are unfamiliar with the way policy issues are conceptualized by population and reproductive health sector specialists. Improving this communication is important because of ongoing policy discussions related to the extent to which scarce public resource

Year: 1998
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