NSF Grant awarded to Krister Andersson

Krister Andersson is part of a team of researchers at CU awarded an NSF Grant to study local health systems in Guatemala.  This interdisciplinary research project focuses on the institutional conditions that shape the performance of local health systems in developing countries. The problem motivating the project is the inability of health systems in many countries to prevent extreme health disparities and human suffering. Theoretical arguments for health-sector decentralization are underdeveloped, and empirical results assessing whether reformed systems produce healthier communities are mixed. The project will focus on explaining why some local health systems perform better than others. The researchers will address this question by developing and testing specific hypotheses about the ways governance structure affects the performance of local health systems.