Dr Timothy Powell-Jackson


Associate Professor
in Health Economics

I am a health economist with the Health Economics and Systems Analysis (HESA) Group, which is based in the Department of Global Health and Development. I am also a member of the Maternal and Newborn Health Group. I developed an interest in health economics while working at the Ministry of Health, Rwanda on a two-year placement with the Overseas Development Institute Fellowship Scheme.

I joined the school in 2006 and completed my PhD in 2010.


Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Global Health and Development


Centre for Evaluation
Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)


I am module co-organiser of Introduction to Health Economics.


Publications are listed below. See also Google Scholar.

My research focuses on health economics issues in developing countries. I have a keen interest in financial incentives, impact evaluation, the economic consequences of ill health, equity in health financing, maternal health and, more broadly, the interaction between health and development.

My PhD research was based on an evaluation of a nationwide financial incentive programme for maternal health in Nepal. This interest in financial incentives - both demand and supply-side - has continued with research in India, China and Tanzania.

My current research includes: 1) An evaluation of a social franchise programme in Uttar Pradesh, India, funded by Merck for Mothers; 2) Understanding and enhancing approaches to quality improvement in small and medium-sized private facilities in sub-Saharan Africa, funded by the Health Systems Research Initiative; 3) District health management and public service delivery: evidence from India flagship health programme, funded by the Health Systems Research Initiative and 4) Understanding declines in maternal mortality in China funded by the Countdown.

I supervise PhD students with an interest in health systems research in low- and middle-income countries, strong quantitative skills and a background in economics.

Research Area
Child health
Complex interventions
Health care financing
Health impact analysis
Health systems
Maternal health
Primary care
Health workers
Impact evaluation
Randomised controlled trials
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

A pragmatic way forward?
Powell-Jackson, T.;
Financial incentives in health: New evidence from India's Janani Suraksha Yojana.
Powell-Jackson, T.; Mazumdar, S.; Mills, A.;
J Health Econ
Capitation Combined With Pay-For-Performance Improves Antibiotic Prescribing Practices In Rural China.
Yip, W.; Powell-Jackson, T.; Chen, W.; Hu, M.; Fe, E.; Hu, M.; Jian, W.; Lu, M.; Han, W.; Hsiao, W.C.;
Health Aff (Millwood)
Who benefits from free healthcare? Evidence from a randomized experiment in Ghana
Powell-Jackson, T.; Hanson, K.; Whitty, C.J.M.; Ansah, E.K.
Journal of Development Economics
Democracy and growth in divided societies: A health-inequality trap?
Powell-Jackson, T.; Basu, S.; Balabanova, D.; McKee, M.; Stuckler, D.;
Soc Sci Med
Countdown to 2015: tracking donor assistance to maternal, newborn, and child health.
Powell-Jackson, T.; Borghi, J.; Mueller, D.H.; Patouillard, E.; Mills, A.;
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