A prize is offered each year by the Development Studies Association (DSA) and International Consulting Economists’ Association (ICEA). This year, Takeshi Miwa’s dissertation, “Drug prescription practices in the private health sector: a case study of Lugala Lutheran Hospital in rural Tanzania” came highly commended. This is what the judges said:

“[The dissertation] reviews literature discussing how an average of 2.4 drugs are prescribed, where the WHO recommended range is below 2. Various causes are suggested, most prominent the grade and experience of the prescriber. The paper tests these hypotheses against data from the records of a private hospital in southern Tanzania.  The results suggested that prescribing at the hospital was ‘somewhat suboptimal’ and that staff experience was a factor.”

For more information about the awards and how to enter for 2017, see the prize page on the DSA site.