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Theme: Health economics and policy

This study group provides a forum for bringing together graduates and researchers who wish to discuss their work in progress in any area of health economics. Works must be scientifically rigorous and have the potential for strong policy implications. Senior fellow economists/econometricians will give suggestions and directions to participants on how to improve their work. The meeting will be structured as a set of oral presentations. A discussant will be assigned to each paper, and time will be allotted for open discussion.

Keynote speakers:

  • Professor David Cutler
  • Professor Leemore Dafny
  • Professor Frank Windmeijer

Scientific Committee: V. Atella (Tor Vergata), F. Cornaglia (Queen Mary), M. Hernandez Veras (UCL), L. John (Harvard), I. Kesternich (Leuven), M. Lindeboom (Amsterdam), J. Mullahy (Wisconsin), K. Myers (NBER), R. Sadun (Harvard), H. Schwandt (Zurich), L. Siciliani (York), B. Siflinger (Tilburg), T. Sherry (RAND/Harvard), J. Skinner (Dartmouth), A. Tarozzi (UPF), A. Veiga (Imperial College), J. Winter (Munich)

Local organizers: Amitabh Chandra (Harvard), Francesco Moscone (Brunel University) Catia Nicodemo (Oxford) and Ariel Stern (Harvard).

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Registration and Coffee 8.30am-9:00am

9:00am-9:15am – Welcome by Amitabh Chandra (Harvard)

Chair: Ariel Stern (Harvard)

9:15am-10:00am – Bastian Ravesteijn (Harvard): The Impact of Cost Sharing for Mental Health Care on Mental Health Care Use and Labor Market Outcomes with Eli Schachar

Discussant: Giacomo Pasini (Ca’ Foscari)

10:00am-10.45am –  Gregor Pfeiffer (Hohenheim) Goodbye Smokers’ Corner: Health Effects of School Smoking Bans with Mirjam Reutter, Kristina Strohmaier

Discussant: Adam Pilny (RWI)

10.45am-11.30am – Seth Freedman (Indiana):  Docs with their Eyes on the Clock? The Effect of Time Pressures on Primary Care Productivity with Ezra Golberstein, Laura Barrie Smith, Tsan-Yao Huang, David Satin

Discussant: Martin Salm (Tilburg)   

11:30am-12:00pm Coffee Break

12:00pm-13:00pm  Keynote 1:  Professor David Cutler (Harvard)

13:00pm-13:45pm Lunch break

Chair: Francesco  Moscone  (Brunel)

13:45pm-2:30pm –  Pau Olivella (UAB and Barcelona GSE ): Asymmetric Information with multiple risks: the case of the Chilean Private Health Insurance Market with Dolores de la Mata, Matilde P. Machado, M. Nieves Valdes

Discussant: Chenyuan Liu  (Wisconsin)    

 Keynote 2: 2:30pm-3:30pm –  Frank Windmeijer (Bristol)

3:30pm–4:00pm Coffee Break

4:00pm–6:30pm POSTER SESSION and drinks

Mallory Avery  (Pittsburgh) Incentives to Sleep: An Experimental Analysis of Sleep Choices with Osea Giuntella and Peiran Jiao

Thomas Greve (Oxford) Open science: from the perspective of game theory

Osea Giuntella (Pittsburgh) Assortative Mating, Intergenerational Transmission and Inequality: Evidence from Birth Weight using Parental Grandmother Fixed Effects with Giulia la Mattina  and Climent Quintana

Lena Janys (Bristol) The Effects of Education on Mortality with Gerard van den Berg, Kaare Christensen

Heinrich Kögel (Munich) Financial Scarcity and Health: Evidence from the Food Stamp Program

Chenyuan Liu (Wisconsin) How Common are Dominated Health Plan Options? Evidence from Employer Health Benefits with High-Deductible Plans with Justin Sydnor

Domenico Lisi (Catania) Hospital Competition under Pay-for-Performance: Quality, Mortality and Readmissions with Luigi Siciliani, Odd Rune Straume

Stephen O'Neill (Galway) Identifying causal effects from longitudinal data: a comparison of Interactive Fixed Effects and Generalised Synthetic Controls with Noemi Kreif, Matthew Sutton, Richard Grieve

Massimiliano Piacenza (Turin) Does fiscal decentralization affect regional disparities in health? Evidence from an Italian tax reform with Cinzia Di Novi, Silvana Robone, Gilberto Turati

Giacomo Pasini (Ca’ Foscari) Psychosocial stress and leave taking at child birth with Mauricio Avendano, Lisa F. Berkman and Agar Brugiavini

Adam Pilny (RWI) Are Doctors the Better Health Ministers? The Limits of Technocracy with Felix Roesel

Mirjam Reutter (Hohenheim) The Morning After: Prescription-Free Access to Emergency Contraceptive Pills with Gregor Pfeiffer

Martin Salm (Tilburg) Does the framing of patient cost-sharing incentives matter? The effects of deductibles vs. no-claim refunds with Arthur P Hayen ad Tobias J Klein

Linus Siming (Audencia Business School) Incentivizing organ donation through a non-monetary posthumous award with Mascia Bedendo

Mujaheed Shaikh  (WU Vienna) The Impact of Organizational Change on Firm Efficiency: Evidence from the Healthcare Sector with Renara Kosova, Giorgia Marini, and  Marisa Miraldo. 

7.30pm Formal Dinner

Chair:  Catia Nicodemo  (Oxford)

Keynote 3: 9:00am–10:00am – Leemore Dafny (Harvard)

10:00am–10.45am – Katharina Janke (Lancaster): Management Styles in the Public Sector: Evidence from the English NHS with Carol Propper, and Raffaella Sadun

Discussant: Lena Janys (Bonn)

10:45am–11:30am  Paolo Pertile (Verona): Strategic Interaction in Pharmaceutical Price Regulation and Innovation with Simona Gamba, and Martin Forster

Discussant: Mirjam Reutter (Hohenheim)

11:30am–12:00noon coffee break

12:00noon–12:45am Wiktoria Tafesse (Sussex): An unexpected legacy from colonial salt taxation: The effect of mandatory iodine fortification on cognitive test scores in India.

Discussant: Osea Giuntella (Pittsburgh)

12:45pm–1:30pm Daniel Prinz (Harvard): The Consequences of (Partial) Privatization of Social Insurance for Individuals with Disabilities: Evidence from Medicaid with Timothy J. Layton, Nicole Maestas,  and Boris Vabson

Discussant: Heinrich Kögel (Munich)

1.30pm–2:30pm Lunch break

2:30pm–3:15pm Enrica Croda (Ca’ Foscari): The Health of Disability Insurance Enrollees: An International Comparison with Jonathan Skinner, and  Laura Yasaitis

 Discussant: Stephen O'Neill (Galway)

3:00pm–3:45pm Ramsis Croes (Erasmus School): Is adverse selection effectively mitigated by consumer inertia? Empirical evidence from the Dutch health insurance market with Frederik T. Schut, and Marco Varkevisser

Discussant: Mujaheed Shaikh  (WU Vienna)

3:45pm–4:45pm “Health Econometrics” Emerald 2018,   Edited by Badi H.  Baltagi and Francesco Moscone