Danila Serra

Assistant Professor of Economics

Southern Methodist University
Department of Economics

Email: dserra@smu.edu




·         Can patients’ reports improve health providers’ performance? Lab-experimental evidence from Kenya. Joint with Isaac Mbiti. World Bank funded.

We combined survey and experimental (i.e. lab in the field behavioral games) data to investigate patients’ willingness to report subpar behavior of health professionals, and health professionals’ responsiveness to different formal and informal reporting mechanisms. The study was conducted in Nairobi county and involved health providers and patients from 93 public and private health facilities.


·        Parental participation in elementary schools in ANGOLA. Joint with Pedro Vicente. World Bank funded.

Currently in the field. We combine survey data, lab-in-the-field experiments and Randomized Control Trials (RCTs) to investigate parents’ involvement in school accountability, their responsiveness to information and the constraints generated by the collective action nature of participatory accountability.


·         ALBANIA Accountability for Better Governance Project, World Bank funded.

The project explored the role that parents play within the participatory accountability system implemented in primary schools in Albania. We conducted a nationally representative survey of primary schools, involving 900 teachers and 1800 parents. We combined survey data with lab-in-the-field experiments to investigate whether participation in schools and in national election is a collective action problem.


·  ETHIOPIA Health Worker Cohort Study (first and second wave), World Bank funded.

 We conducted a cohort study of young doctors and nurses in Ethiopia. The study started in 2004 when we surveyed final year medical and nursing students. As part of the 2004 study we involved participants in lab-in-the field experiments aimed at measuring intrinsic motivations and commitment to the health profession. The second wave of the survey took place in 2007, when we traced back the 2004 study participants and surveyed them at their place of work. The objective was to test whether intrinsic motivations, as measured in 2004, predict choice of sector (non-profit vs. public or private), wages and location of work.


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