Academic Profile

Dr Akshar Saxena is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Nanyang Technological University. His research interests are in applied economics and econometrics with a focus on health, demography, and behavioral economics. His research covers economics of aging, health sector reform, and fiscal policies pertaining to pensions and retirement. He has been a consultant to the World Bank and USAID and has previously worked for Ministry of Health in Singapore.

ScD, Harvard University, 2018
MPP, National University of Singapore, 2008
BSocSci(Hons), National University of Singapore, 2006
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Asst Prof Akshar Saxena
Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences

Health economics;
Economics of aging;
Non-communicable diseases and obesity;
Applied econometrics;
Impact evaluation;
Health sector reform and comparative health care systems
Pensions and retirement.
  • Health and wealth in aging Asia: the study of microeconomic linkages between health, labour-supply, and the environment and the macroeconomic analysis of social welfare policies
  • James EK, Saxena A, Franco Restrepo C, et al. (2019). Distributional health and financial benefits of increased tobacco taxes in colombia: Results from a modelling study. Tobacco Control, 28, 374-380.

  • Saxena A, Koon AD, Lagrada-Rombaua L, Angeles-Agdeppa I, Johns B & Capanzana M. (2019). Modelling the impact of a tax on sweetened beverages in the Philippines: an extended cost–effectiveness analysis. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 97(2), 97-107.

  • Conesa JC, Costa D, Kamali P, Kehoe T, Nygard VM, Raveendranathan G, Saxena A. (2018). Macroeconomic effects of Medicare. The Journal of the Economics of Ageing, 11, 27-40.

  • Bairoliya N, Canning D, Miller R, Saxena A. (2018). The macroeconomic and welfare implications of rural health insurance and pension reforms in China. The Journal of the Economics of Ageing, 11, 71-92.

  • Prabhakaran S, Dutta A, Saxena A, Stromberg K, Clarke D, Sharma S. (2017). Do Better Laws and Regulations Promote Universal Health Coverage? A Review of the EvidenceUSAID.