Mohammad Abu-Zaineh

Mohammad Abu-Zaineh is the coordinator of the AHEAD Network ( He holds the INSERM-AMU Chair of Excellence in Health Economics and Policy (since 2013). He is also a research fellow at Aix-Marseille School of Economics (AMSE) and SESSTIM (UMR 912). He is the Laureate of the SANTEMED project financed by the University foundation A*Midex and the HEALTHCOV project financed by Campus France. Prior to this, he was a research fellow at INSERM-SESSTIM,France. During this period, he was the lead of the ANR funded project, «INEGSANTE (Les Suds, Aujourd’hui II): Tackling Inequalities in Health and Access to Healthcare in the Middle East and North African Countries: Challenges of Measurement and Explanation

Dr. Abu-Zaineh holds a Ph.D. in Economics Sciences from Aix-Marseille University, France. His areas of expertise include research on the measurement of social justice and socio-economic inequality; the economic evaluation of public policies; micro-econometrics as well as health care financing and health insurance.

In addition to his active participation in several international conferences and workshops, he has published in high-ranking peer-reviewed journals including: Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, Social Science & Medicine, The Lancet, Health Policy and Planning, Health Policy, International Journal of Health Economics and Management, and Research on Economic Inequality.


Woode, M. E., Abu-Zaineh, M., Perriens, J., Renaud, F., Wiktor, S. & Moatti, J-P. “Potential Market Size and Impact of Hepatitis C Treatment in Low- and Middle-Income Countries”. Journal of Viral Hepatitis. DOI: 10.1111/jvh.12516

Bousmah, M., Ventelou, B. and Abu-Zaineh, M.. “Medicines and Democracy: The Importance of Institutional Quality in the Relationship between Health Expenditure and Health Outcomes in the MENA Region”.

Woode, M. E. and Abu-Zaineh, M.. “A Cross-Country Analysis of Gender Dispartities in Early Childhood Deprivation”. AHEAD Working Paper No. 03/2015.

Abu-Zaineh, M. and Woode, M. E.. “Investigating the Dimensions of Youth Wellbeing: An Exploratory Structural Equation Modelling Approach Applied to Palestine”. AHEAD Working Paper No. 02/2015.

Arrighi Y., Abu-Zaineh M., & Ventelou B. (2015). “To count or not to count deaths: Reranking effects in health distribution evaluation”. Health Economics, 24 (2) : 193-205.

Abu-Zaineh, M.,Woode, M. E., Giacaman, R. & Moatti, J-P (2015). “Youth Well-being through the Lens of Senian Capability Approach: Insights from the Occupied Palestinian Territories”. Forthcoming

Makhloufi K., Ventelou, B., & Abu-Zaineh, M. (2015). “Have health insurance reforms in Tunisia attained their intended objective?”. International Journal of Health Economics and Management, 15(1), 29-51.

Abu-Zaineh, M., & Abul Naga, R. H. (2014). “Wealth, Health, and the Measurement of Multidimensional Inequality: Evidence from the Middle East and North Africa”. In Pedro Rosa Dias , Owen O’Donnell (ed.) Health and Inequality, Research on Economic Inequality, 21, 421-39.

Abu-Zaineh M., Arfa C., Ventelou B., Ben Romdhane H. & Moatti JP. (2014). “Fairness in healthcare finance and delivery: what about Tunisia?”. Health Policy and Planning, 29 (4):433-442.

Kankeu H.T., Boyer S. Fodjo R.T. & Abu-Zaineh M. (2014). “How do supply-side factors influence informal payments for health care: The case of HIV-patients in Cameroon.”. International Journal of Health Planning and Management, DOI: 10.1002/hpm.2266

Abu-Zaineh M., Ben Romdhane H., Ventelou B., Moatti J-P. & Arfa C. (2013). “Appraising financial protection in health: the case of Tunisia”. International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, 13(1):73-93.

Abu-Zaineh M., Mataria A., Moatti J-P & Ventelou B. (2011). “Measuring and decomposing socioeconomic inequality in health care delivery: A Micro-simulation approach with application to the Palestinian conflict-affected fragile setting”. Social Science and Medicine, 72 (2), 133-141.

Boyer S., Abu-Zaineh M., Blanche J., Loubière S., Bonono R-C., Moatti J-P, & Ventelou B. (2011). “Does HIV-services decentralization protect against the risk of catastrophic health expenditures? Some lessons from Cameroon. “. Health Services Research, 46 (6.2), 2029-56.

Mataria A., Raad F., Abu-Zaineh M., & Donaldson C. (2010). “Catastrophic healthcare payments and impoverishment in the occupied Palestinian territory”. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, 8 (6), 393-405.

Abu-Zaineh M., Mataria A., Luchini S., & Moatti J-P.(2009). “Equity in health care finance in Palestine: the triple effects revealed “. Journal of Health Economics, 28 (6), 1071-80.

Abu-Zaineh M., Mataria A., Luchini S., & Moatti J-P. (2008). “Equity in health care financing: the value-added of the disaggregate approach “. Social Science and Medicine, 66(11), 2308-20.

Abu-Zaineh, Mohammad (2013). “Gender-Based Analysis of Public Health Sector Services: A Beneficiary-Based Study”. MIFTAH publication (2013): The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy

Abu-Zaineh, Mohammad. “Contribution to the Analysis of Health Equity: Measurement and Explanation of Inequality in the Health Care Sector in the Context of Developing Countries: the Palestinian Case”.
Vdm Verlag, Berlin, Germany. (October 2, 2009) ) ISBN: 978-3-639-19599-6