Health and Medicine

Health and Medicine

FSI’s researchers assess health and medicine through the lenses of economics, nutrition and politics. They’re studying and influencing public health policies of local and national governments and the roles that corporations and nongovernmental organizations play in providing health care around the world. Scholars look at how governance affects citizens’ health, how children’s health care access affects the aging process and how to improve children’s health in Guatemala and rural China. They want to know what it will take for people to cook more safely and breathe more easily in developing countries.

FSI professors investigate how lifestyles affect health. What good does gardening do for older Americans? What are the benefits of eating organic food or growing genetically modified rice in China? They study cost-effectiveness by examining programs like those aimed at preventing the spread of tuberculosis in Russian prisons. Policies that impact obesity and undernutrition are examined; as are the public health implications of limiting salt in processed foods and the role of smoking among men who work in Chinese factories. FSI health research looks at sweeping domestic policies like the Affordable Care Act and the role of foreign aid in affecting the price of HIV drugs in Africa.

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Asia Sentinel: Book Review: Invisible China: How the Urban-Rural Divide Threatens China’s Rise

January 2021

Asia Sentinel reviews Scott Rozelle and Natalie Hell's book "Invisible China: How the Urban-Rural Divide Threatens China's Rise."

The Economist Features Rozelle's Newest Book "Invisible China"

January 2021

In a special report on Chinese youth, The Economist references Scott Rozelle and Natalie Hell's newest book, "Invisible China," highlighting the great disparity in educational quality...

Rural Parenting in an Urban Setting: Innovative Research by REAP Offers a Glimpse into the Language Environment of Rural Migrant Children in China

December 2020

What a child hears before age 3 has a profound impact on their language skills development and long-term outcomes. However, little evidence exists on the language environment in which migrant...

Hupan Modou Foundation Wins the WISE Award for Parenting-the-Future Project

November 2020

On October 28, 2020, our close collaborators at the Hupan Modou Foundation were awarded the WISE award in education for the Parenting-the-Future project. Professor Scott Rozelle, REAP's director...

China’s Rural Population Will Play an Instrumental Role in its Economic Future

November 2020

On the World Class Podcast, Scott Rozelle explains why China’s wealth gap may make the transition from a middle- to high-income country more difficult than it seems.

A Conversation with Scott Rozelle & Natalie Hell on their New Book, Invisible China

October 2020

In their newly released book, Scott Rozelle and Natalie Hell explore how the great disparity in human capital across rural and urban China is inhibiting China’s rise from a middle-income to a high-...

School-based Health Interventions Shown to Improve Learning Outcomes

May 2020

REAP research greatly contributed to this Education Policy Insight published by the Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), which documents eight randomized evaluations in Burkina Faso, China, Kenya...

Politicize this Pandemic, But Do So Carefully

May 2020

An open letter from scholars studying public health in China and the U.S.

China Looks for New Drivers of Growth, REAP research cited

April 2020

REAP research is cited in a chapter of a recently published book title, "Innovative China: New Drivers of Growth", written by the World Bank Group and the People’s Republic of China...

Prashant Loyalka to Become FSI’s Newest Senior Fellow

April 2020

Loyalka’s research examines the consequences of financial constraints, limited information and choices, tracking and admissions rules, as well as social and psychological factors in competitive...

IFPRI Blog: Lockdowns are Protecting China's Rural Families from COVID-19, but the Economic Burden is Heavy

March 2020

BY SCOTT ROZELLE, HEATHER RAHIMI, HUAN WANG AND EVE DILLCOVID-19 lockdowns have major impacts on migrant workers and supply chains that depend on them.

Brookings: The Children PISA Ignores in China

December 2019

There is not one but two Chinas: one urbanized, mainly on the east coast, and rapidly growing in wealth; the other rural, in the interior of China or on the move as migrants, and mired in poverty.

Scope: Tackling Caregiver Depression in Rural China: A Q&A

September 2019

After studying early childhood development in China for several years, Alexis Medina, assistant director of Stanford's Rural Education Action Program (REAP), and her colleagues were asked a...

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Improving Lives Through Better Vision

September 2019

After "a longtime partnership with Stanford University's Rural Education Action Program," OneSight is expanding into Rwanda and Brazil to continue our practice of providing free eyeglasses to those...

Bloomberg: To Conquer World, China Needs to Get Smarter

August 2019

Author Michael Schuman writes an opinion piece informed by Scott Rozelle's publication Past Successes and Future Challenges in Rural China's Human Capital "Many investors and economists continue to...

Journal of East China Normal University: Q&A with Scott Rozelle and James Heckman

May 2019

Early Childhood Development Takes Center Stage in China: Questions & Answer with Scott Rozelle and James Heckman 【编者按】2018年11月17日,詹姆斯·赫克曼(James J.

Tsinghua University News: Scott Rozelle Presents on Human Capital in Rural China at Tsinghua University

April 2019

罗思高主讲“清华三农讲坛” 解析中国农村人力资本问题4月11日晚,清华大学中国农村研究院主办的“清华三农讲坛”第二十五讲在清华大学公共管理学院报告厅举行。美国斯坦福大学教授、清华大学中国农村研究院学术委员会委员罗思高(Scott Rozelle)作了题为“农村人力资本:一个中国中长期发展的挑战”的演讲。北京大学国家发展研究院院长、教授姚洋进行点评。农研院副院长、研究员何宇鹏主持讲坛。

Students in the Field: Q&A with Laura Jonsson

April 2019

Laura Jonsson is a Stanford undergraduate student, Class of 2020, majoring in human biology and hoping to minor in education and Middle Eastern literature, languages, and cultural.   As a REAP...

Stanford News: Computer Science College Seniors in U.S. Outperform Peers in China, India and Russia, New Research Says

March 2019

Writer Alex Shashkavech writes about Prashant Loyalka's new study that "found that undergraduate seniors studying computer science in the United States outperformed final-year students in China,...

凤凰网公益: Stanford Professor Focuses on Education in Rural China

January 2019

Author Chen Ying writes about Professor Scott Rozelle and REAP's projects supporting youth in rural China. Read full text here.  罗斯高,斯坦福大学教授,发展经济学家。扎根中国农村近40年,是不折不扣的中国通。

Bloomberg Businessweek: China Built a Global Economy in 40 Years. Now it Has a New Plan

December 2018

Bloomberg Businessweek writes on China's historic economic reforms and the future to come, quoting Scott Rozelle and REAP's work on education and human capacity building in rural China.

People's News: Nobel Prize winner draws global attention to issues with early childhood development in rural China at international conference co-hosted by REAP and Alibaba

November 2018

Read full text here. 儿童早期发展关乎人的一生,对贫困农村儿童早期发展领域的投入,会为社会发展带来长期且高效的回报。2018年11月17日,“养育未来,从0开始——2018年儿童早期发展国际论坛”在陕西西安举行,诺贝尔经济学奖得主詹姆斯·赫克曼等国内外学者,用来自世界各地的成功案例提示着儿童早期发展工作的重要性。

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