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Dr. William D. Savedoff - Curriculum Vitae

Experience

2004 to Present, Senior Partner, Social Insight

Current projects include:

    • Co-leading an initiative with Center for Global Development to implement a new foreign aid modality that focuses on paying for outcomes (Cash on Delivery Aid)
    • Research on corruption and foreign aid
    • Member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on National Health Insurance for South Africa

Completed projects include:

    • Assessing whether Ethiopia's health sector is vulnerable to corruption
    • Developing a framework for measuring and improving health sector governance with the World Bank
    • Developed training materials and courses for combating corruption and improving governance in the health sector with Boston University and U4

2010 - Present - Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Responsibilities include:

    • Leading projects and research related to health, aid effectiveness, corruption and evaluation

2008 - 2010 - Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development

Responsibilities included:

    • Projects addressing ways to improve access to health care services in developing countries through innovations in health financing, including health insurance, innovative aid modalities, and pro-poor targeting
    • Co-leading the Cash on Delivery Aid Initiative
    • Leading the Evaluation Gap Initiative

Achievements include:

    • Completed Cash on Delivery, co-authored with Nancy Birdsall
    • Implemented the recomnendation from the Evaluation Gap Working Group to create the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)

2001 - 2004 Senior Health Economist, World Health Organization

Responsibilities included:

    • Developing a WHO policy on issues related to health sector financing, including conducting and supervising research, managing and implementing consultations, and drafting policy papers.
    • Providing technical advice to Ministers of Health and their top advisors regarding health financing reform options
    • Supervising consultants and staff in the production of technical studies; design and analysis of surveys; and development of training materials

1999 - 2001 Senior Health Economist, Inter-American Development Bank, Social Program Division.

Responsible for leading the IDB's health sector specialists in improving the design, approval and implementation of health sector programs, as well as assuring coordination of health sector programs with other multilateral and bilateral agencies.

1995 - 1998 Senior Economist, Inter-American Development Bank, Office of the Chief Economist

Responsible for contracting, managing, conducting and organizing research on topics related to institutional change in the Region. Also responsible for providing top-level policy advice to the Chief Economist and Executive Vice President of the IDB.

1994 - 1995 Economist, Inter-American Development Bank, Project Analysis Department, Project Advisory Office.

1991 - 1994 Economist, Inter-American Development Bank, Project Analysis Department, Sanitation & Urban Development.

1991 Consultant, Inter-American Development Bank, Review of energy sector lending requirements regarding pricing.

1989 - 1991 Visiting Researcher, IPEA/Rio de Janeiro (The Institute of Social and Economic Research of Brazil's Plannning Ministry).

1990 Consultant, Ford Foundation. External evaluation of a study on hydroelectric power in Brazil.

1990 Consultant, World Bank. Estimation of rates of return to education in Brazil for Prof. David Ross.

1988 Visiting Instructor, Connecticut College. Economic Development, Labor Economics, Macroeconomics

1986 and 1987 - Research Assistant, Boston University, Growth and the Environment in Massachusetts.

1985 - Research Assistant, Boston University, "Reviving Mature Economies: firm location and local factors in Western Massachusetts' economic development"

1983-84 Research Assistant, Economic Development Group, Inc. - Research, analysis and writing on U.S. economy and international commodity markets

1982 - 1983 Benjamin A. Trustman Travelling Fellowship. Field research in Peru, Bolivia, and Mexico on agriculture.

Education

Boston University, Ph.D. in Economics, 1992

Doctoral Thesis: "Regional Wage Differences in Brazil's Urban Labor Markets"

Boston University, M.A. in Economics, 1986.

Harvard University, A.B. in Social Studies, Magna Cum Laude, 1982.

List of Publications and Reports

Savedoff, William and Albert Alwang. 2015. "The Single Best Health Policy in the World: Tobacco Taxes." CGD Policy Paper 062. Washington DC: Center for Global Development.

Perakis, Rita and William D. Savedoff. 2015. “Does Results-Based Aid Change Anything? Pecuniary Interests, Attention, Accountability and Discretion in Four Case Studies,” CGD Policy Paper 052, Washington, DC: Center for Global Development. February.

ESMAP (Energy Sector Management Assistance Program). 2015. “Results-Based Aid in the Energy Sector: An Analytical Guide.” Technical Report 005/15 written by Vivid Economics and William Savedoff for Oliver Knight. Washington, DC: World Bank.

Levine, Ruth and William D. Savedoff. 2015. “The Future of Aid: Building Knowledge Collectively.” CGD Policy Paper 050, Washington, DC: Center for Global Development. January.

Birdsall, Nancy, William D. Savedoff and Frances Seymour. 2014. “The Brazil-Norway Agreement with Performance-Based Payments for Forest Conservation: Success, Challenges, and Lessons.” CGD Brief, Washington, DC: Center for Global Development. August.

Fan, Victoria Y., and William D. Savedoff. 2014. "The Health Financing Transition: A Conceptual Framework and Empirical Evidence." Social Science & Medicine, 105:112-121.

Kenny, Charles and William D. Savedoff. 2013. “Can Results-Based Payments Reduce Corruption?” Working Paper 345. Washington, DC: Center for Global Development.

Savedoff, William D., David de Ferranti, Amy L. Smith and Victoria Y. Fan. 2012. “Political and Economic Aspects of the Transition to Universal Health Coverage.The Lancet, 380(9845):924-932. September 8.

Fan, Victoria and William D. Savedoff. 2012. “The Health Financing Transition: A Conceptual Framework and Empirical Evidence.” Working Paper. Washington, DC: Results for Development Institute.

Savedoff, William D. with Ricardo Bitrán, David de Ferranti, Victoria Y. Fan, Alberto Holly, Rodrigo Moreno-Serra, Priyanka Saksena, Amy L. Smith, Peter C. Smith, and Ke Xu. 2012. “Transitions in Health Financing and Policies for Universal Health Coverage: Final Report of the Transitions in Health Financing Project.” Washington, DC: Results for Development Institute.

Savedoff, William D. 2012. “Global Government, Mixed Coalitions, and the Future of International Cooperation.” CGD Essay. Washington, DC: Center for Global Development.

Savedoff, William  D. and Katherine Douglas Martel. 2011. “Cash on Delivery Aid for Health: What Indicators Would Work Best?” Working Paper 275. Washington, DC: Center for Global Development.

Savedoff, William D. and Amy L. Smith. 2011. “Achieving Universal Health Coverage: Learning from Chile, Japan, Malaysia and Sweden.” Working Paper. Washington, DC: Results for Development Institute.

Savedoff, William D. 2011. “Incentive Proliferation? Making Sense of a New Wave of Development Programs.” A CGD Essay. Center for Global Development: Washington, DC. 

Glassman, Amanda and William D. Savedoff. 2011. “The Health Systems Funding Platform: Resolving Tensions between the Aid and Development Effectiveness Agendas.” CGD Working Paper 258. Center for Global Development: Washington, DC. 

Savedoff, William D. 2011. “Governance in the health sector: a strategy for measuring determinants and performance.” Policy Research Working Paper, no. WPS 5655. World Bank, Washington, DC. 

Savedoff, William D. and Hernan L. Fuenzalida-Puelma. 2010. "Promoting Accountability in Health Care Financing Institutions," Chapter 13 in Implementing Health Financing Reform: Lessons from Countries in Transition, edited by J. Kutzin, C. Cashin, and M. Jakab. European Observatory Study Series 21.

Birdsall, Nancy and William D. Savedoff with Ayah Mahgoub and Kate Vyborny. 2010. Cash on Delivery: A New Approach to Foreign Aid with An Application to Primary Schooling. Center for Global Development, Washington, DC.

Vian, Taryn, William Savedoff and Harald Mathisen, eds. 2010. Anticorruption in the Health Sector: Strategies for Transparency and Accountability. Kumarian Press, Sterling, VA.

Grepin, Karen A. and William D. Savedoff. 2009. "10 best resources on ... health workers in developing countries" Health Policy and Planning. 24(5):1-4.

Savedoff, William D. 2009. "Governance in the Health Sector: A Strategy for Measuring Determinants and Performance." Portland, ME: Social Insight. (Report for the World Bank).

Savedoff, William D. 2009. "Challenges and Solutions in Health: An Alternative View," Chapter 6.1 in Bjorn Lomborg, ed. Latin American Development Priorities: Costs and Benefits. Cambridge University Press, New York.

Savedoff, William D. 2009. "A Moving Target: Universal Access to Healthcare Services in Latin America and the Caribbean," Research Department Working Paper, WP-667. Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC. January.

Savedoff, William D. Forthcoming. "Getting a Pulse on Health Quality," Chapter 5 in Inter-American Development Bank. Economic and Social Progress Report 2009: Quality of Life. Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC.

Savedoff, William D and Pablo Gottret, eds. 2008. Governing Mandatory Health Insurance: Learning from Experience. World Bank, Washington, DC. 

Savedoff, William D. 2008. "Public Expenditure Tracking Surveys: Planning, Implementation and Uses." Report Submitted to the World Bank. Social Insight, Portland, ME. June 10.

Savedoff, William D. 2007. "Challenges and Solutions in Health in Latin America An Alternative View for the Consulta de San José." Sponsored by the Copenhagen Consensus Center and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Savedoff, William D. 2007. "Spreading Health Care to the Poor," Americas Quarterly, pp. 98-99. Fall. 

Levine, Ruth and Bill Savedoff. 2007. "Beyond Good Intentions: International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)," Alliance, 12(4):52-53. December.

Savedoff, William D. 2007. "What Should a Country Spend on Health Care?" Health Affairs 26(4): 1-9.

Savedoff, William D. and Jens Holst, 2007, "Implications of Enrolment Criteria for Social Health Insurance," Chapter 3.2 in GTZ, Extending Social Protection in Health: Developing Countries' Experiences, Lessons Learnt and Recommendations, Eschborn, Germany: Verlag fur Akademische Schriften (VAS). pp. 96-99.

Sekhri, Neelam and William D. Savedoff. 2006. "Trends and Regulatory Challenges in Harnessing Private Voluntary Health Insurance." Ch. 9 in Alex Preker, R. Scheffler, and Michael Basset. 2006. Private Voluntary Health Insurance in Development: Friend or Foe? World Bank, Washington, DC. pp. 241-264.

Savedoff, William D. 2006. "Política Pública Para Las Personas Con Discapacidad en Chile: Aprendiendo de las Experiencias Internacionales." Chapter 3 in Fondo Nacional de la Discapacidad (FONADIS). 2006. "Desarrollo Inclusivo y Discapacidad: Oportunidades y Desafío." Seminário Internacional. Santiago, Chile: FONADIS. October.

Savedoff, W.D. 2006. "Public Policy for People with Disabilities in Chile: Learning from International Experiences." Report submitted to the Inter-American Development Bank by Social Insight, Portland, ME. Nov. 13.

Sekhri, N. and W.D. Savedoff. 2006. "Regulating private health insurance to serve the public interest: policy issues for developing countries." The International Journal of Health Planning and Management 21(4):357-392. 

Levine, R. and W.D. Savedoff. 2006. "The Evaluation Agenda" in N. Birdsall, ed. Rescuing the World Bank: A CGD Working Group Report and Selected Essays. Washington, DC: Center for Global Development. pp. 183-194.

Savedoff, W.D., R. Levine and N. Birdsall, Co-chairs. 2006. "When Will We Ever Learn? Improving Lives Through Impact Evaluation." Report of the Evaluation Gap Working Group. Washington, DC: Center for Global Development. May. 

Savedoff, W.D. and R. Levine. 2006. "Learning from Development: The Case for an International Council to Catalyze Independent Impact Evaluations of Social Sector Interventions." CGD Brief. Washington, DC: Center for Global Development. May.

Savedoff, William D. and Karen Hausman. 2006."Why Are Health Systems Prone to Corruption?" Chapter 1 in Global Corruption Report 2006: Corruption and Health, London and Ann Arbor, MI: Pluto Press and Transparency International.

Savedoff, W.D. 2005. "Mandatory Health Insurance in Developing Countries: Overview, Framework and Research Program." Report submitted to the World Bank by Social Insight, Portland, ME. April 27.

Savedoff, W.D. 2005. "Transparency and Corruption in the Health Sector of Latin America and the Caribbean: A Conceptual Framework and Ideas for Action," Report submitted to the Inter-American Development Bank, October.

Sekhri, Neelam and William D. Savedoff, "Private Health Insurance: Implications for Developing Countries"Health and Ageing, No. 12, April, 2005.

James C., G. Carrin, W.D. Savedoff and P. Hanvoravongchai, “Clarifying Efficiency-Equity Tradeoffs Through Explicit Criteria, with a Focus on Developing Countries”, Health Care Analysis, 13(1):33-51. March, 2005.

Sekhri, Neelam and William D. Savedoff, "Private Health Insurance: Implications for Developing Countries", Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 83:2, Feb. 2005, pp. 127-134.

Savedoff, William D. "Find Out What Works To Achieve The MDGs", Comment on Jeffrey D. Sachs, "Health In The Developing World: Achieving The MDGs", Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 82:12, Dec. 2004, pp. 950-951.

Sekhri, Neelam, William D. Savedoff and Shivani Tripathi, "Regulating Private Insurance to Serve the Public Interest: Policy Issues for Developing Countries", Paper presented at the 11th Annual Conference of the Economic Research Forum for the Arab Countries, Iran and Turkey (ERF), Beirut, Lebanon, December 14-16, 2004.

(Contributor to) Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, Strengthening Health Systems: The Role and Promise of Policy and System ResearchGlobal Forum for Health Research, WHO: Geneva. 2004.

Savedoff, William D. "Public Health Expenditure and Health in Ethiopia", Chapter 4 in World Bank, Ethiopia Public Expenditure Review, Volume I, Public Spending in the Social Sectors 2000-2020, The Emerging Challenge, Report No. 29338-ET, World Bank: Washington, DC, June, 2004.

Savedoff, William D. "Is there a case for social insurance?"Health Policy & Planning, 19(3):183-184. May 2004.

Savedoff, William D. "40th Anniversary: Kenneth Arrow and the Birth of Health Economics", Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 82(2), February, 2004.

Savedoff, W.D. "Tax-Based Financing for Health Systems: Options and Experiences," Discussion Paper Number 4, EIP/FER/DP.04.4, Geneva, World Health Organization, 2004. 

Savedoff, W.D. "How Much Should Countries Spend on Health?" Discussion Paper Number 2, EIP/FER/DP.03.2, Geneva, World Health Organization, 2003. 

Poullier, JP, P. Hernandez, K. Kawabata, W.D. Savedoff, "Patterns of Global Health Expenditures: Results for 191 Countries" Ch. 17 in Murray CJL, Evans DB, eds. Health systems performance assessment: debates, methods and empiricism. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2003.

Savedoff, W.D., G. Carrin, K. Kawabata, A. Mechbal, "Monitoring the Health Financing Function" Ch. 18 in Murray CJL, Evans DB, eds. Health systems performance assessment: debates, methods and empiricism. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2003.

Savedoff, W.D., G. Carrin, "Developing Health Financing Policies" Ch. 19 in Murray CJL, Evans DB, eds. Health systems performance assessment: debates, methods and empiricism. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2003.

Shepard, D.S., W.D. Savedoff, and Phua Kai Hong, "Health Care Reform Initiatives in Malaysia: Report of a Consultation with the Planning and Development Division", Ministry of Health, Malaysia, October 16, 2002.

Giuffrida, Antonio, R. Iunes and W. D. Savedoff. 2002. "Occupational Risks in Latin America and the Caribbean: Economic and Health Dimensions of the Problem"Health Policy and Planning, 17:3, September.

Di Tella, Rafael and William D. Savedoff. eds. 2001. Diagnosis: Corruption. Fraud in Latin America's Public Hospitals. Washington, DC: Inter-American Development Bank.

Mintz, Patricia, Gerard La Forgia, and William D. Savedoff. 2001. "Contracting health services: getting from here to there." In RAP Author's Workshop, May 13-15, World Bank: Washington, DC. [forthcoming as a chapter in an edited volume and translated for use in "Métodos de Contratación: Programa Flagship: Reformas y Financiamiento Sustentable del Sector Salud, Panama, November 2001].

Giuffrida, Antonio, R. Iunes and W. D. Savedoff. 2001. "Occupational Health and Safety in Latin America: Economic and Health Dimensions", Social Development Department, Technical Working Paper Series, SOC-121. Washington, DC: Inter-American Development Bank.

Slack, Katherine and William D. Savedoff. 2001. "Public Purchaser-Private Provider Contracting for Health Services". Social Development Department, Technical Working Paper Series, SOC-120. Washington, DC: Inter-American Development Bank.

Savedoff, William D. et al. 2000. "Experiments in Reaching the Poor without Tearing the Safety Net: Public Health Insurance in Massachusetts" in Rosenmoller, M. ed. The Challenge of Health Reform: Reaching the Poor. IESE & World Bank: Barcelona.

Savedoff, William D. and T. Paul Schultz. eds. 2000. Wealth from Health: Linking Social Investments to Earnings in Latin America. Washington, DC: Inter-American Development Bank.

Savedoff, William D. et al. 2000. "Experiments in Reaching the Poor Without Tearing the Safety Net: Public Health Insurance in Massachusetts". Case study for a conference on Health Reform and the Poor in Latin America.

Savedoff, William D. 1999. "Health Equity and Good Intentions in Latin America" in Institutional Reforms, Growth, and Human Development in Latin America, a Conference at The Yale Center for International Area Studies, New Haven, CT. April 16 and 17.

Savedoff, William D. and Spiller, Pablo T. eds. 1999. Spilled Water: Institutional Commitment in the Provision of Water Services. Washington, DC: Inter-American Development Bank.

Spiller, Pablo T. and W. D. Savedoff. 1999. "Commitment and Governance in Infrastructure", Chapter 7 in F. Basañes, E. Uribe and R. Willig, eds. Can Privatization Deliver? Infrastructure in Latin America. Washington, DC: Inter-American Development Bank.

Savedoff, William D. ed. 1998. Organization Matters: Agency Problems in Health and Education in Latin America. Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC.

Piras, Claudia and Savedoff, William D. 1998. "How Much Do Teachers Earn?" Office of the Chief Economist, Working Paper Series WP-375, July. 

Savedoff, William D. 1997. "Social Services Viewed Through New Lenses: Agency Problems in Education and Health in Latin America", Inter-American Development Bank. Office of the Chief Economist, Working Paper Series, R-318. 

Inter-American Development Bank. 1996. Economic and Social Progress in Latin America: Making Social Services Work. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996. (coordinator of Special Section).

Inter-American Development Bank. 1996. "Supporting Reform in the Delivery of Social Services: A Strategy". Social Programs Division, Washington, DC. (Co-author).

Savedoff, William D., Ricardo Hausmann, and Claudia Piras. 1997. "Reform of Social Service Delivery Systems in Latin America". Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Working Paper Series, No. 230, Washington, DC.

Savedoff, William D. 1995. Wages, Labour and Regional Development in Brazil. Aldershot, England: Avebury Press.

Savedoff, William D. 1993. Review of Labor in the Puerto-Rican Economy, Postwar Development and StagnationHispanic American Historical Review 73(3):534-535, August.

Savedoff, William D. 1991. "Wage dynamics in urban Brazil: evidence of regional segmentation or national markets?". Revista de Econometria, Ano XI, No. 2, Recife.

Savedoff, William D. 1990. "Os diferenciais regionais de salarios no Brasil: segmentacao versus dinamismo da demanda". Pesquisa e Planejamento Economica. Rio de Janeiro.

Prizes

IDB Outstanding Team Award 1998 - Economic Assessment Report for Costa Rica
IDB Outstanding Team Award 1998 - Rio de Janeiro Neighborhood Program, Favela Bairro

Journals

Editorial Board Member of Health Policy & Planning (2004-2010)

Reviewer for:

    • The Lancet
    • Social Science & Medicine
    • International Journal for Quality in Health Care
    • WHO Bulletin
    • World Development

International Commissions, Panels and Associations

    • Editorial Advisory Panel, Global Corruption Report 2006, Transparency International
    • Evaluation Gap Working Group of the Global Health Policy Research Network
    • Working Group member for Millions Saved
    • Member of Working Group 1, Commission on Macroeconomics and Health
    • American Economics Association
    • International Health Economics Association

Languages

English, Portuguese, Spanish, French