Ajay Mahal

Ajay Mahal


Ajay Mahal is a Professor of Health Economics and Global Health Systems Research at the Nossal Institute for Global Health in the University of Melbourne and Professor at NCAER. From 2010 until 2015, he was the Alan and Elizabeth Finkel Chair of Global Health and Professor at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.

Previously, he was an Associate Professor of International Health Economics in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health. Prior to his appointment at Harvard, Dr Mahal was the Principal Economist (Human Development) at the National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER) in New Delhi. His recent research has focused on evaluation of health system interventions.

Dr Mahal holds degrees from Columbia University (Ph. D in Economics, 1995) and the University of Delhi (M.A. (Economics), 1986; B.A. (Economics), 1984).

ARTICLE | Social Science & Medicine
How social norms and values shape household healthcare expenditures and resource allocation: Insights from India
Sumit Kane, Madhura Joshi, Ajay Mahal and Barbara McPake
October 2023

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY | Health Seeking Pathways in Four Indian States of India
Findings from a Survey on Health Care Seeking for Chronic and Acute Illnesses
Prabir Kumar Ghosh Ajay Mahal, Sumit Kane, Sumit Kumar, Shayequa Zeenat Ali, Charu Jain, Sagari Sahu, Sree Sanyal, Chanchal Negi, Madhura Chowdhury, Barbara McPake.
September 2023

ARTICLE | Social Science & Medicine
People’s care seeking journey for a chronic illness in rural India: Implications for policy and practice
Sumit Kane, Madhura Joshi, Sapna Desai, Ajay Mahal, Barbara McPake
September 2022

REPORT | NCAER and the Nossal Institute for Global Health
Healthcare seeking pathways in Uttar Pradesh and Odisha, India
Prabir Kumar Ghosh, Sumit Kane, Sumit Kumar, Shayequa Zeenat Ali, Sagari Sahu, Sree Sanyal, Madhura Chowdhury, Barbara McPake, and Ajay Mahal
October 2021

ARTICLE | Social Science & Medicine
Is there an association between public spending on health and choice of healthcare providers across socioeconomic groups in India? – Evidence from a national sample.
Patrick Mulcahy, Ajay Mahal, Barbara McPake, Sumit Kane, Prabir Kumar Ghosh, John Tayu Lee
September 2021