Selected Publications

Economics Papers on Malaria and Maternal and Child Health

Cohen J, Saran I. The impact of packaging and messaging on adherence to malaria treatment: Evidence from a randomized controlled trial in Uganda. Journal of Development Economics. 2018. Vol 134, pp: 68-95. Link to Paper.

Cohen J, Lofgren K, McConnell M. Pre-Commitment, cash transfers, and timely arrival for birth: Evidence from a randomized controlled trial in Nairobi, Kenya. American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings. 2017. 107(5): 501-05. Link to Paper.

Kusuma D, Thabrany H, Hidayat B, McConnell M, Berman P, Cohen J. New evidence on the impact of large-scale conditional cash transfers on child vaccination rates: The case of a cluster-randomized trial in Indonesia. World Development, 2017; 98: 497-505. Link to Paper.

Cohen J, Dupas P, Schaner S. Price subsidies, diagnostic tests and the demand for malaria treatment: evidence from a randomized controlled trial. American Economic Review. 2015. 105(2): 609-45. Link to Paper.

Cohen J and Dupas P. Free distribution or cost-sharing?: evidence from a malaria-prevention field experiment in Kenya. Quarterly Journal of Economics. 2010. 125(1): 1-45. Link to Paper.

Cohen J and Dickens W. Adoption of Over-the-Counter Diagnostics in Africa: The Role of Subsidies, Beliefs, Externalities and Competition. In: Laxminarayan R and Macauley MK eds. The Value of Information: Methodological Frontiers and New Applications in Environment and Health. Springer Press, 2012.

Maternal and Newborn Health in the United States

Steenland M, Pace L, Sinaiko A, Cohen J. Medicaid payments for immediate postpartum long-acting reversible contraception: Evidence from South Carolina. Health Affairs, 2021 Feb;40(2):334-342. Link to Paper.

Han D, Khadka A, McConnell M, Cohen J. Association of unexpected newborn deaths with changes in obstetric and neonatal process of care. JAMA Network Open, 2020; 3(12): e2024589. Link to Paper.

Steenland M, Molina R, Cohen J. Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Availability After Childbirth During the COVID-19 Pandemic Health Affairs Blog, November 30, 2020. Link.

Steenland M, Pace L, Sinaiko A, Cohen J. Association between payments for immediate postpartum long-acting reversible contraception and birth intervals: Evidence from South Carolina’s Medicaid policy change.2019. doi: 10.1001/jama.2019.6854. Link to Paper.

Maternal and Newborn Health in Low-Income Countries

Gage A, Aryal A, Joseph JP, Cohen J. The price of quality care: Cross-sectional associations between out-of-pocket payments and quality of care in six low-income countries. Tropical Medicine and International Health, 2021. Link to Paper.

Stein D , Cohen J, Rothschild C, Golub G, Nyakora G, McConnell M. Bypassing high-quality maternity facilities: Evidence from pregnant women in peri-urban Nairobi. Health Policy and Planning, 2021, 36(1): 84-92. Link to Paper.

Rokicki S, Mwesigwa B, Cohen J. Know-do gaps in obstetric and newborn care quality in Uganda: a cross-sectional study in rural health centers. Tropical Medicine and International Health, 2021 Feb 2. doi: 10.1111/tmi.13557. Link to Paper.

Rokicki S, Mwesigwa B, Schmucker L, Cohen J. Shedding light on quality of care: a study protocol for a randomized trial evaluating the impact of the Solar Suitcase in rural health facilities on maternal and newborn care quality in Uganda. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 19, 306 (2019). Link to Paper.

Siam Z, Rothschild C, Golub G, Omondi G, McConnell M, Cohen J. Accuracy of Patient Perceptions of Maternity Facility Quality and the Choice of Providers in Nairobi, Kenya: a cohort study. BMJ Open 2019;9: doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-029486. Link to Paper.

Fink G, Cohen J. Delivering quality: safe childbirth requires more than facilities. Lancet Global Health. 2019. 7(8): PE990-E991. Link to Paper.

Chukwuma A, Mbachu C, McConnell M, Bossert T, Cohen J. The impact of monetary incentives on referrals by traditional birth attendants for postnatal care in Nigeria. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2019. Link to Paper.

Li Z, Chen L, Li M, Cohen J. Prenatal exposure to sand-and-dust storms and children’s cognitive function in China: A quasi-experimental study. Lancet Planetary Health, 2018; 2:e214-22. Link to Paper.

Cohen J, Rothschild C, Golub G, Omondi G, Kruk M, McConnell M. Measuring The Impact Of Cash Transfers And Behavioral ‘Nudges’ On Maternity Care In Nairobi, Kenya. Health Affairs, 2017; 36(11): 1956-1964. Link to Paper.

McConnell M, Rothschild C, Ettenger A, Muigai F, Cohen J. Free contraception and behavioral nudges in the postpartum period: evidence from a randomized control trial in Nairobi, Kenya. BMJ Global Health. 2018. 3(5): e000888. Link to Paper.

Rokicki S, Cohen J, Salomon JA, Fink G. Impact of a Text Messaging Program on Adolescent Reproductive Health: A Cluster-Randomized Trial. 2017. American Journal of Public Health. Feb; 107(2): 298-305. Link to Paper.

Cohen J, Golub G, Kruk ME, McConnell M. Do active patients seek higher quality prenatal care?: A panel data analysis from Nairobi, Kenya. Preventive Medicine. 2016. pp, 74-81. Link to Paper.

McConnell M, Ettenger A, Rothschild CW, Muigai F, Cohen J. Can a community health worker administered postpartum checklist increase health-seeking behaviors and knowledge?: Evidence from a randomized controlled trial in Nairobi, Kenya. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2016, 16: 136. Link to Paper.

Malaria and other Child Illness in Low-Income Countries

Cohen J, Leslie H, Saran I, Fink G. Quality of clinical management of children diagnosed with malaria: A cross-sectional assessment in 9 sub-Saharan African countries between 2007-2018. PLoS Medicine, 2020; 17(9): e1003254. Link to Paper.

Donato K, McConnell M, Han Dǂ, Gunaratna NS, Tessema M, De Groote H, Cohen J. Behavioural insights to support increased consumption of quality protein maize by young children: A cluster randomised trial in Ethiopia. BMJ Global Health, 2020 Dec; 5(12):e002705. Link to Paper.

Fink G, D’Acremont V, Leslie H, Cohen J. Antibiotic use among children under age five in low and middle income countries: Evidence from nationally representative facility and household surveys. Lancet Infectious Diseases, 20(2): P179-187, February, 2020. Link to Paper.

Cohen J. The Enduring Debate Over Cost-Sharing for Essential Public Health Products, JAMA Netw Open. 2019;2(8):e199810. Link to Paper.

Saran I and Cohen J. Disparities between malaria infection and treatment rates: Evidence from a cross-sectional analysis of households in Uganda. 2017. PLoS ONE. 12(2): e0171835. Link to Paper.

Saran I, Yavuz E, Kasozi H, Cohen J. Can rapid diagnostic testing for malaria increase adherence to Artemether-Lumefantrine?: a randomized controlled trial in Uganda. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2016, Apr 6, 94(4): 857-67. Link to Paper.

Cohen J, Fink G, Maloney K, Berg K, Jordan M, Svoronos T, Aber F, Dickens W. Introducing rapid diagnostic tests for malaria to drug shops in Uganda: a cluster-randomized controlled trial. Bulletin of the WHO. 2015; 93: 142-151. Link to Paper. Appendix A.

Fink G, Dickens W, Jordan M, Cohen J. Access to subsidized artemisinin combination therapy (ACT) and malaria treatment – evidence from the first year of the Affordable Medicines Facility – malaria (AMFm) program in six districts in Uganda”. Health Policy and Planning. 2014. 29(4): 517-27. Link to Paper

Larson PS, Yadav P, Alphs S, Arkedis J, Massaga J, Sabot O, Cohen J. Diffusion of subsidized ACTs in accredited drug shops in Tanzania: determinants of stocking and characteristics of early and late adopters. BMC Health Services Research. 2013. 13: 526. Link to Paper

Cohen J, Yavuz E, Morris A, Arkedis J and O Sabot. Do patients adhere to over-the-counter artemisinin combination therapy for malaria? Evidence from an intervention study in Uganda. Malaria Journal. 2012. 11: 83. Link to Paper