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May
30
2019

Seminar in Applied Microeconomics

When: Thursday, May 30, 2019
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Central

Where: Kellogg Global Hub, 1410, 2211 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Cindy Pingry   (847) 467-7263

Group: Department of Economics: Seminar in Development Economics

Co-Sponsor: Institute For Policy Research

Category: Academic

Description:

Jessica Goldberg (University of Maryland): "Incentivized Peer Referrals for Tuberculosis Screening: Evidence from India"

Abstract: Peer referrals are a common strategy for addressing asymmetric information in contexts such as the labor market. They could be especially valuable for increasing testing and detection of infectious diseases, where peers may have advantages over health workers in both identifying new patients and providing them credible information, but they are rare in that context. In an experiment with 3,176 patients at 122 tuberculosis (TB) treatment centers in India, we find peers are indeed more effective than health workers in bringing in new suspects for testing, and low-cost incentives of about $US 3 per referral considerably increase the probability that current patients make referrals that result in the testing of new symptomatics and the identification of new TB cases. Peer outreach identifies new TB cases at 25%-35% of the cost of outreach by health workers and can be a valuable tool in combating infectious disease.

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