Dr. Sonila Tomini

Affiliated Researcher

Research group(s):
7. Social Protection

Dr. Sonila Tomini works as an Assistant Professor at UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance. She holds a PhD in Health Economics and Public Policy Analysis (Maastricht University, 2011).

Sonila’s principal research areas of expertise relate to health and social protection financing mechanisms, techniques in policy evaluation, as well as assessment and indicators of poverty and vulnerability. She has published a number of articles in health care and long-term care in Europe in international peer reviewed journals. In addition, Sonila has provided continuous advice to international organizations like the World Bank (on public health care financing) and UNICEF (on children disabilities and inclusion).

She is a visiting researcher at the Department of Economics of the University of Liège (Belgium) and has previously worked for the Department for Health Services Research (Maastricht University). Sonila has also acted as a dissertation advisor for Laureate Online Education and the University of Liverpool.
 




Selected publications by Sonila Tomini


Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Leopold, Nga, Wim Groot, Sonila Tomini & Florian Tomini, 2020, Health insurance and self-employment transitions in Vietnam, Journal of Small Business Management, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00472778.2020.1786335
Leopold, Nga, Wim Groot, Sonila Tomini & Florian Tomini, 2019, Effects of health insurance on labour supply: Evidence from the Health Care Fund for the Poor in Vietnam, Applied Economics, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2019.1613509
Leopold, Nga, Wim Groot, Sonila Tomini & Florian Tomini, 2019, Effects of health insurance on labour supply: A systematic review, International Journal of Manpower, DOI: 10.1108/IJM-02-2018-0038
Muzyamba, Choolwe, Wim Groot, Milena Pavlova & Sonila Tomini, 2019, Factors associated with choice of antenatal, delivery and postnatal services between HIV positive and HIV negative women in Zambia, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 19(127), More information
Muzyamba, Choolwe, Wim Groot, Milena Pavlova, Iryna Rud & Sonila Tomini, 2018, Professional care delivery or traditional birth attendants? , BMC Tropical Medicine and Health, 46(8), DOI: 10.1186/s41182-018-0090-0, More information
Muzyamba, Choolwe, Wim Groot, Sonila Tomini & Milena Pavlova, 2018, Community mobilization and maternal Care of Women Living with HIV in poor settings: the case of Mfuwe, Zambia, BMC Health Services Research, 18(155), DOI: 10.1186/s12913-018-2959-3, More information
Muzyamba, Choolwe, Wim Groot, Milena Pavlova & Sonila Tomini, 2017, The usefulness of traditional birth attendants to women living with HIV in resource-poor settings: the case of Mfuwe, Zambia, BMC Tropical Medicine and Health, 45(37), More information
Muzyamba, Choolwe, Wim Groot, Sonila Tomini & Milena Pavlova, 2017, The role of Community Mobilization in maternal care provision for women in sub-Saharan Africa: A systematic review of studies using an experimental design, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 17(274), More information
Tomini, Florian, Wim Groot & Sonila Tomini, 2016, Informal care and gifts to and from older people in Europe: The interlinks between giving and receiving, BMC Health Services Research, 16(1): 603-, DOI: 10.1186/s12913-016-1830-7, More information
Tomini, Florian, Sonila Tomini & Wim Groot, 2016, Understanding the value of social networks in life satisfaction of elderly people: a comparative study of 16 European countries using SHARE data, BMC Geriatrics, 16(1): 203-, DOI: 10.1186/s12877-016-0362-7, More information
Tomini, Sonila, Wim Groot, Milena Pavlova & Florian Tomini, 2015, Paying out-of-pocket and informally for health care in Albania: The impoverishing effect on households, Frontier Public Health, 3(207), DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2015.00207
Tomini, Sonila & Wim Groot, 2013, Paying informally for public health care in Albania: scarce resources or governance failure?, Applied Economics, 45(36): 5119-5130, DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2013.818216, More information
Tomini, Sonila, Florian Tomini & Truman G. Packard, 2012, Catastrophic and impoverishing effects of out-of-pocket payments for health care in Albania: evidence from Albania Living Standards Measurement Surveys 2002, 2005 and 2008, Health Policy and Planning, 28: 419-428, DOI: 10.1093/heapol/czs073, More information
Tomini, Sonila, Wim Groot & Milena Pavlova, 2012, Paying informally in the Albanian health care sector: a two-tiered stochastic frontier model, The European Journal of Health Economics, 13(6): 777-788, DOI: 10.1007/s10198-011-0331-1, More information
Tomini, Sonila, Wim Groot & Milena Pavlova, 2012, Informal payments and intra-household allocation of resources for health care in Albania, BMC Health Services Research, 12: 17-, DOI: 10.1186/1472-6963-12-17, More information
Tomini, Sonila & H. Maarse, 2011, How do patient characteristics influence informal payments for inpatient and outpatient health care in Albania: Results of logit and OLS models using Albanian LSMS 2005, BMC Public Health, 11: 375-, DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-11-375, More information


UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Leopold, Nga, Wim Groot, Sonila Tomini & Florian Tomini, 2019, Health insurance and self-employment transitions in Vietnam, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2019-008
Leopold, Nga, Wim Groot, Sonila Tomini & Florian Tomini, 2018, Health insurance and patient satisfaction: Evidence from the poorest regions of Vietnam, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2018-040
Leopold, Nga, Wim Groot, Sonila Tomini & Florian Tomini, 2018, Health insurance and self-employment transitions in Vietnam: A multinomial analysis, This paper has been republished as #2019-008, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2018-039
Leopold, Nga, Wim Groot, Sonila Tomini & Florian Tomini, 2017, Effects of health insurance on labour supply: Evidence from the health care fund for the poor in Viet Nam, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-050
Leopold, Nga, Wim Groot, Sonila Tomini & Florian Tomini, 2017, Effects of health insurance on labour supply: A systematic review, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-017
Tomini, Sonila & Wim Groot, 2012, Paying informally for public health care in Albania: scarce resources or governance failure?, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2012-070
Tomini, Sonila, Wim Groot & Milena Pavlova, 2012, The determinants of home based long-term care utilisation in Western European countries, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2012-069
Tomini, Sonila & Truman G. Packard, 2011, Are health care payments in Albania catastrophic? Evidence form ALSMS 2002, 2005 and 2008, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2011-019


MGSoG Working Papers
Tomini, Sonila & H. Maarse, 2009, How do patient characteristics influence informal payments for inpatient and outpatient Healthcare in Albania, MGSoG Working Paper 2009-014
Tomini, Sonila, Wim Groot & Milena Pavlova, 2009, Paying informally in the Albanian health care sector: A two-tiered stochastic frontier bargaining model, MGSoG Working Paper 2009-008


Research reports
Tirivayi, Nyasha, Prosper Matondi, Sonila Tomini, Wondimagegn Tesfaye, Sheila Chikulo & Claudia van den Berg Morelli, 2016, Humanitarian Assistance through Mobile Cash Transfers: Evaluation of the Emergency Cash-First Response to food security in drought-affected communities in Southern Zimbabwe through a mobile cash transfer project, Commissioned by CARE International and DFID in Zimbabwe, More information
Tomini, Sonila, Michaella Vanore, Sepideh Yousefzadeh & Franziska Gassmann, 2014, Situation Analysis of Children with Disabilities for the Development of an Inclusive Society in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Report commissioned by UNICEF, More information
Tomini, Sonila, 2011, Albania - Out-of-pocket payments in Albania's health system : trends in household perceptions and experiences 2002-2008, In many countries absent or poorly functioning prepayment mechanisms for health care expose families to the financial risks associated with accidents and sickness. The report exploits a specially designed health governance and accountability module that w, 56, More information


Theses
Tomini, Sonila, 2011, Informal payments for health care services in Albania, MGSoG Dissertation Series, More information


Briefs
Tirivayi, Nyasha, Wondimagegn Tesfaye, Sonila Tomini, Cristy Mclennan, David Rinnert & Mira Gratier, 2016, Emergency Cash-First Response to Drought-Affected Communities in the Southern Provinces of Zimbabwe – Impact Evaluation Findings , Brief is based on the evaluation report titled Humanitarian Assistance through Mobile Cash Transfers: Evaluation of the Emergency Cash-First Response to food security in drought-affected communities in Southern Zimbabwe through a mobile cash transfer project, More information


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