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11/02/2015

New book: Quentin Wodon, The Economics of Faith-Based Service Delivery

Wodon bookJust published in the Perspectives from Social Economics series from Palgrave Macmillan is a book by Association for Social Economics vice-president Quentin Wodon titled The Economics of Faith-Based Service Delivery: Education and Health in Sub-Saharan Africa.

From the publisher's description:

The Economics of Faith-Based Service Delivery provides the first ever comprehensive empirical assessment of the role that faith-inspired institutions (FIIs) play in the supply of health care and education services in sub-Saharan Africa. Wodon focuses on estimating the market share, reach to the poor, and cost for households that rely on FIIs as opposed to public and private secular providers of education and health care services. He also analyzes the causes of user reliance on FIIs, the comparative performance of FIIs, and the level of satisfaction among those that use their services. The Economics of Faith-Based Service Delivery is an innovate combination of previously untapped nationally representative household surveys, qualitative fieldwork, and insights from the fields of religious studies and social economics.

Wodon is an Adviser and Coordinator in the Education Global Practice at the World Bank. See his blog posts at the World Bank and his own blog Rotarian Economist, which "features stories about service projects and provides analysis and tools for work on often complex issues related to poverty reduction and development."

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If you have any ideas for a book in the Perspectives from Social Economics series, you can email the series editor (and past ASE president) Mark D. White at profmdwhite@hotmail.com.

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