A Behavioural Economic Analysis of Reproductive Health in Burkina Faso and Tanzania

This project focuses on the lack or low use of reproductive health services in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite the growing availability of these services they remain underutilized among the poorest within communities. The research aims to gather knowledge on the decision-making process surrounding reproductive health care, including how it is shaped by gender dynamics, as well as possible initiatives that can aid women overcome issues surrounding empowerment, poverty and reproductive health. It does this by looking at various stages within women’s reproductive health cycle, as well as the impact of their beliefs, preferences and how their access to these services is shaped by the environment.

The Lead Research Organisation is the International Development Department at the University of East Anglia. Other institutions working on this project include the BI Norwegian Business school, National Institute for Medical Research (Tanzania), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the MURAZ centre. The researchers working on this project are Ben D’Exelle (Principal Investigator), Richard Bakyono (Co-Investigator), Veronique Filippi (Co-Investigator), Nicolas Meda (Co-Investigator), Bertil Tungodden (Co-Investigator), Christian Holm Hansen (Co-Investigator), Patrick Gueswende Ilboudo (Co-investigator), Joël Arthur Kiendrebeogo  (Co-Investigator).

The expected impacts of the project include insights into why there is such a low use of reproductive health services, with a focus the role of gender dynamics. The project will also create research capacity in behavioural economics applied to reproductive health issues. Finally, it is hoped that it will aid policymakers in creating policies that are more effective than what is currently in place.

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