Manoj Mohanan

  • Associate Professor of Public Policy
  • Duke Univesity

Manoj Mohanan is an applied microeconomist, focusing on health and development economics, with a background in medicine and public health.  Mohanan is Associate Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke, with secondary appointments in the Department of Economics and the Duke Global Health Institute. His research focuses on topics related to health and health care in developing countries including: performance-based contracts, measurement of provider quality and performance, social franchising, and social accountability / monitoring.  He also studies the role of subjective expectations and beliefs in health care behavior.

Mohanan is currently working on a project to introduce governance interventions in the health sector using social accountability in partnership with the Government of Uttar Pradesh and the World Bank. He also leads a collaboration with the Government of India (NITI Aayog) to study the impact of India's cash transfer program for maternal and child health (PMMVY program) with the state Government of Madhya Pradesh.  Several of his projects feature field experiments, policy interventions and evaluations. He is involved in research projects in India, Kenya and China.  For more on ongoing and past research projects, please visit