Omar Galárraga

Assistant Professor of Health Services Policy & Practice

Background

Omar Galárraga joined the Brown University School of Public Health and PSTC in 2010 after serving as on the faculty at the Mexican School of Public Health in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and as a researcher at the Institute for Business and Economic Research (IBER) at UC Berkeley. Galárraga also worked as Associate Economic Affairs Officer at the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

As a Health Economist, Galárraga has received funding from NIH, international organizations, and various foundations to work on three main areas: (1) applications of health and behavioral economics (conditional economic incentives) to improve prevention and treatment programs for HIV and other chronic diseases; (2) the evaluation of social health insurance in low- and middle-income countries; and (3) the economic efficiency, financing, and cost-effectiveness of health care programs, particularly for HIV. His research appears in public health, health economics, and health services research journals.

Selected Publications

"Willingness-to-accept reductions in HIV risks: conditional economic incentives in Mexico." Galárraga, Sosa-Rubí, Infante, Gertler, Bertozzi.  European Journal of Health Economics. January 2014.

"Unit costs for delivery of antiretroviral treatment and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV: a systematic review for low- and middle-income countries." Galárraga, Wirtz, Figueroa-Lara, Santa-Ana-Tellez, Coulibaly, Viisainen, Medina-Lara, Korenromp. Pharmacoeconomics. July 2011.

"Health insurance for the poor: impact on catastrophic and out-of-pocket health expenditures in Mexico." Galárraga, Sosa-Rubí, Salinas-Rodríguez, Sesma-Vázquez. European Journal of Health Economics. October 2010. 

Interests

Conditional economic incentives, economic evaluation and economic efficiency of health programs, Ghana, HIV, Kenya, Mexico, Social Health Insurance, South Africa