Senior Researcher in Health Economics
My research interests relate to economic issues associated with the increasing availability of genetic data, including how these data might be used to support causal inference and prognostic modelling in relation to health and socioeconomic outcomes. I recently (2020) completed a three-year MRC Skills Development Fellowship using Mendelian Randomization to study the causal effect of traits, behaviours and health conditions on healthcare costs and on quality of life.
In addition to my role in the Department, I am also a Junior Research Fellow in Social Sciences in the Centre for Personalised Medicine at St Anne’s College.
I hold degrees in Economics from Trinity College Dublin (BA) and Nuffield College, Oxford (MPhil and DPhil), and in Health Economics from the University of York (MSc). I hold a diploma in Financial Management awarded by the ACCA.
Before joining the Department, I held my fellowship at the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol. I also worked for a number of years as an economic consultant in the private sector, advising regulators, governments and large corporates on the economic issues that arise in the regulation of network industries.
Quantifying the causal impact of biological risk factors on healthcare costs
Lee J. et al, (2022)
Developing decision support tools incorporating personalised predictions of likely visual benefit versus harm for cataract surgery: research programme
Sparrow JM. et al, (2022), Programme Grants for Applied Research, 10, 1 - 54
The causal effect of cigarette smoking on healthcare costs
Dixon P. et al, (2022)
Estimating the causal effect of liability to disease on healthcare costs using Mendelian Randomization
Dixon P. et al, (2022), Economics and Human Biology
Can primary care research be conducted more efficiently using routinely reported practice-level data: a cluster randomised controlled trial conducted in England?
Dixon P. et al, (2022), BMJ Open