Dr. Pavitra Paul, is an economist working in the areas of health and wellbeing, and sustainable development. His research has
(1) comprehended a framework to examine and monitor cross-dynamicity of the health system’s performance and the universal health coverage in low- and lower-middle income countries when quantifying multidimensional goals of the national health system is always a challenge
(2) introduced new models (regret minimisation, and the model to estimate the distribution of the endogeneity effect on the variable of interest) in health economics
(3) estimated the socioeconomic strata and in-country geography of residence effect on out-of-pocket healthcare expenditure in a transitional economy;
(4) unfolded in-country distributional differences and identified the determinants of under-five age malnutrition in Armenia;
(5) defined the efficiency levers of the health facilities when the health system is on contract in a war ravaged country
(6) identified the determinants of health inequalities and estimation of the effects of such determinants in a former Soviet Union country
(7) examined the relationship between the perceived health status of the population and the satisfaction with healthcare services.
He is credited with publications in high impact scientific journals like Applied Economics, International Journal of Health Economics and Management, etc.
Pavitra was a founding team member of Max Healthcare Institute Limited (MHIL), India where he played the leadership role in different functions (including heading the business entity) till 2006 when he was the Chief Technology Officer of this “for-profit” integrated (from primary to tertiary level healthcare with seamless flow of electronic medical records across locations) healthcare service provider in the NCR, India.
At present, Pavitra is the Convenor for spearheading the ongoing initiative of “Examining Health Systems’ efficiency” under the auspices of International Health Economics Association.
Pavitra completed his MBBS from North Bengal University, India. He is an alumnus of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), India; London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), United Kingdom; Erasmus University, the Netherlands; and University of Eastern Finland, Finland. He has advanced levels of trainings from United Nations System Staff College – Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development, Bonn, Germany and the United Nations System Staff College, Turin, Italy.
At PIF, Pavitra is primarily responsible for (1) providing thought leadership in the domain of all-encompassing policy actions for population health development, (2) leading the policy incubation laboratory of PIF with an interdisciplinary team and external partners, and (3) establishing the Indian Observatory on Health Systems and Policies under the auspices of PIF.