Edward Okeke

Senior Policy Researcher; Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Pittsburgh Office


Ph.D. in health policy (economics), University of Michigan; M.A. in applied economics, University of Michigan; M.P.H., University of Michigan; M.D., Nnamdi Azikiwe University


Edward N. Okeke is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. He is a physician and health economist whose primary research interests are in the area of global health, particularly Africa.

Okeke utilizes both experimental and non-experimental research methods and has been the primary investigator for a number of randomized controlled trials. His work spans three substantive areas: the economics of preventive care use in developing countries with current applications to cervical cancer screening in Nigeria and HIV testing in Malawi; global health worker labor markets (e.g. the impact of economic shocks and wage increases on health care worker migration); and maternal and infant health in developing countries.

Okeke's current work evaluates the effects of policies promoting institutional deliveries on maternal and infant outcomes. He has projects underway in Nigeria, Malawi, and India. In the past, he worked on employer-sponsored health insurance markets in the United States. Prior to joining RAND, he was an assistant professor in health economics and policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He holds an M.D. from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, an M.A. in applied economics, and a Ph.D. in health policy (economics) from the University of Michigan.

Selected Publications

Godlonton, Susan and Edward Okeke, "Does a Ban on Informal Health Providers Save Lives? Evidence from Malawi," Journal of Development Economics, 118:112-132, 2016

Okeke, Edward, A.V. Chari, Akinfolarin Adepiti, "Does Price Affect the Demand for Information about New Health Technologies? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Nigeria," Economic Development and Cultural Change, 64(3):437-469, 2016

Okeke, Edward, Peter Glick, A.V. Chari, Isa Sadeeq Abubakar, Emma Pitchforth, Josephine Exley, Usman Bashir, Kun Gu, Obinna Onwujekwe, "The Effect of Increasing the Supply of Skilled Health Providers on Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes: Evidence from the Midwives Service Scheme in Nigeria," BMC Health Services Research, 16(425):1-9, 2016

Okeke, Edward and Susan Godlonton, "Doing Wrong to do Right? Social Preferences and Dishonest Behavior," Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 106:124-139, 2014

Okeke, Edward, Clement Adepiti, Kayode Ajenifuja, "What is the Price of Prevention? New Evidence from a Field Experiment," Journal of Health Economics, 32:207-218, 2013

Buchmueller, Thomas, Kyle Grazier, Richard Hirth, Edward Okeke, "The Price Sensitivity of Medicare Beneficiaries: A Regression Discontinuity Approach," Health Economics, 22(1):35-51, 2012

Okeke, Edward, Richard Hirth, Kyle Grazier, "Workers on the Margin: Who Drops Health Coverage when Prices Rise?" Inquiry, 47(1):33-47, 2010

Eisenberg, Daniel and Edward Okeke, "Too Cold for a Jog? Weather, Exercise, and Socioeconomic Status," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, 9(1), 2009