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Marcos Vera-Hernandez

Marcos Vera-Hernandez

Research Fellow


PhD in Economics, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2001
MSc in Economics, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 1998
BA in Economics, Universidad de La Laguna (Canary Islands) and Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1996

Marcos is a research fellow at IFS and Professor of Economics at University College London.

Marcos' research focuses in the economics of health in developed and developing countries. In his research, he aims at understanding the consequences of health-related risk, the market failures in health insurance markets, the behaviour of health care providers, and the choices that individuals and household make with regards to health investments (especially in childhood). Recently, he has developed an interest in understanding the effects of community interventions, and has broaden his interests to include child development.

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper W20/5
We examine how the effects of incentivizing individuals to use healthcare depend on the capacity of the health system.
Journal article | Journal of the European Economic Association
Unlike performance incentives for private sector managers, little is known about performance incentives for managers in public sector bureaucracies. Through a randomized trial in rural China, we study performance incentives rewarding school administrators for reducing student anemia—as well as ...

Reports and comment

An informational intervention in Western Kenya
External publication


This policy paper was presented at the EDePo 'Improving productivity in developing countries: identifying bottlenecks and obstacles to productive investments and technology adoption' conference held at Goodenough College on the 8th and 9th July 2015.
This presentation was delivered at the "Medical spending across the developed world" conference on 27 and 28 March 2015. The conference took place at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.