Biography

Sean Sylvia is an Assistant Professor of health economics at UNC. His primary research interest is in the delivery of healthcare in China and other middle-income countries. Working with multidisciplinary teams of collaborators, he conducts large-scale population-based surveys and randomized trials to develop and test new approaches to provide healthcare to the poor and marginalized. His recent work focuses on the use of information technology to expand access to quality healthcare.

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Interests
  • Health systems in China and other middle-income countries
  • Mechanism design applications to healthcare delivery
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Economics of digital health
Education
  • PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics (Development Economics), 2014

    University of Maryland, College Park

  • MS in Agricultural and Resource Economics, 2012

    University of Maryland, College Park

  • BS in Economics (Chinese minor), 2006

    University of Alabama

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(2021). Tracking the Effects of COVID-19 in Rural China over Time. International Journal for Equity in Health.

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(2021). Consultation Length, Process Quality and Diagnosis Quality of Primary Care in Rural China: A Cross-Sectional Standardized Patient Study. Patient Education and Counseling.

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(2021). Early Childhood Development and Parental Training Interventions in Rural China: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. BMJ Global Health.

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(2021). From Quantity to Quality: Delivering a Home-Based Parenting Intervention Through China's Family Planning Cadres. The Economic Journal.

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(2021). Using Incognito Standardised Patients to Evaluate Quality of Eye Care in China. British Journal of Ophthalmology.

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