Marty Gaynor, Carol Propper, Stephan Seiler, 09 December 2012

The impacts of choice in public services are controversial. This paper exploits a reform in the English National Health Service to assess the impact of relaxing constraints on patient choice. The results suggest that greater choice can enhance quality.

Benedict Clements, David Coady, Sanjeev Gupta, 24 June 2012

It is a daunting reality for many advanced economies that even if they manage to cut public spending today, they will continue to have huge liabilities as their populations age. This column argues that healthcare reform, no matter how politically unpalatable, will have to be a part of countries’ financial adjustment plans.