Ramanan Laxminarayan

Prof. Ramanan Laxminarayan is Vice-President for Research and Policy at the Public Health Foundation of India.  He is an economist and epidemiologist by training. His research work deals with the integration of epidemiological models of infectious diseases and drug resistance into the economic analysis of public health problems.

Through his work on Extending the Cure project in the United States and the Global Antibiotic Resistance Partnership, he has worked to improve the understanding of antibiotic resistance as a problem of managing a shared global resource. He has worked extensively with the World Health Organization (WHO), World Bank and other international organisations on evaluating malaria treatment policy, vaccination strategies, the economic burden of tuberculosis, and control of non-communicable diseases.

Prof Laxminarayan is an editor of the Disease Control Priorities for Developing Countries, 3rd edition. He has served on a number of advisory committees at the World Health Organization, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and the US National Academies of Science/Institute of Medicine. In 2003-04, he served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Economics of Anti-malarial Drugs and subsequently helped create the Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria, a novel financing mechanism for antimalarials. He has co-authored and edited five books and published over eighty peer-reviewed journal articles. Prof Laxminarayan also directs the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy in Washington DC, and is a Research Scholar and Lecturer at Princeton University.

Content by Ramanan Laxminarayan
  • Blog post

    Expanding Indian public health insurance above the poverty line

    Since 2008 India’s public health insurance policy has covered the poorest quarter of the population, and the government wants to expand the policy to include households above the poverty line. Disentangling the health and financial effects of the policy is vital to establishing a cost-effective expansion of eligibility for this insurance. Considering the inherent risks...

    10 Nov 2016 | Gabriella Conti, Cynthia Kinnan, Ramanan Laxminarayan , Anup Malani, Alessandra Voena

  • Project

    Impact evaluation of a public health insurance plan in India: Post health event survey pilot

    This study forms part of an evaluation of a large public health insurance scheme in India, the Indian Health Insurance Experiment. We piloted an innovative survey instrument to assess its cost and accuracy in measuring the effect of health insurance on the frequency of hospitalisation and associated out of pocket expenditure for households. We found that...

    5 Oct 2015 | Anup Malani, Cynthia Kinnan, Alessandra Voena, Gabriella Conti, Ramanan Laxminarayan