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12th Workshop on the Economics of Health and Wellbeing

The 12th Workshop on the Economics of Health and Wellbeing was held 21-23 April 2021 at Hepburn Springs near Melbourne. There were 24 presentations by leading Australian and international researchers, followed by lively discussion.

Australia-based presenters were from Monash University, the University of Melbourne, Deakin University, the Productivity Commission (Stephen King), the University of Sydney, the University of Technology Sydney, the Australian National University and the the University of Wollongong. International presenters joined by Zoom and included Manisha Shah from the University of California, Los Angeles, and Barbara Wolfe from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

From the CHE Nicole Black, Sonja de New, Anthony Harris, David Johnston, Claryn Kung, Johannes Kunz, Dennis Petrie and Michael Shields took part.

Claryn Kung won the best paper award with Who is Resilient in a Time of Crisis? The Importance of Financial and Non-Financial Resources.

Variations in Healthcare Workshop

A very successful 'Variations in Healthcare' online workshop was held on 19 October 2020.

The event was coordinated by the CHE's Dr Daniel Avdic and Dr Susan Méndez from the Melbourne Institute (University of Melbourne).

The workshop included four themed sessions on variation and inequality in health care with presentations by eight invited senior experts alongside PhD students and early career researchers with moderated group discussion. Invited senior expert panellists included Denise O'Connor (Monash), Adam Elshaug (UMelb), Anthony Scott (UMelb), Susan Wearne (ANU & Dept of Health), Jane Hall (UTS), Adrian Webster (AIHW), Liam Caffery (UQ) and Angela Ryan (ADHA) with early career researchers Adam Irving (Monash), Anita Lal (Deakin), Joanne Enticott (Monash) and Emma Thomas (UQ).

Approximately 130 participants took part in the workshop from academia, practice, government and the private sector.

The COVID-19 pandemic put a pause on the CHE Visitors Program through most of 2020 and to date in 2021. We have welcomed many guests virtually through our Seminar Series and Distinguished Speaker Series, but with much of our day-to-day activity taking place off-campus and travel being another limiting factor, the pleasure of meeting face-to-face with visitors has been something we have missed greatly.

On a brighter note, with the reopening of Monash University campuses earlier in the year we have been able to host some of our local seminar presenters in person. This has been wonderful! We are looking forward to welcoming people from further afield in the not too distant future.

The Economics of Mental Wellbeing group (part of Monash Business School's International Networks of Excellence) organised online seminar presentations by leading international researchers.

  • Mental Health and the Evolving Labor Market – Professor Richard Frank (Harvard University), 22 March 2021
    Professor Richard Frank's research is focused on the economics of mental health and substance abuse care, long term care financing policy, health care competition, implementation of health reform and disability policy.
  • Extreme Distress and Economics – Professor Andrew Oswald (University of Warwick), 16 February 2021
    Professor Andrew Oswald is a leading expert on the economics of job satisfaction, human happiness, mental health, unemployment, labour productivity, and the influence of diet on psychological well-being.

Thanks are extended to our speakers and to seminar organisers Michael Shields and Sonja de New.

The 2021 CHE seminar series commenced in February, and after a brief mid-year break recommences from 7 July.

Upcoming seminar presenters

  • 21 July 2021– Dr Jemimah Ride (University of Melbourne)
  • 11 August 2021– Associate Professor Tim Moore (Purdue University)
  • 18 August 2021– Professor Tony Capon (Monash University)
  • 25 August 2021– Associate Professor Helen Skouteris (Monash University)
  • 1 September 2021– Professor Rachael Morton (University of Sydney)
  • 8 September 2021– Associate Professor Nicolas Ziebarth (Cornell University)
  • 15 September 2021– Associate Professor Victoria Baranov (University of Melbourne)
  • 6 October 2021– Professor Tom Buchmueller (University of Michigan)
  • 13 October 2021– Dr Lauren Kennedy (Monash University)
  • 20 October 2021– Assistant Professor Molly Schnell (Northwestern University)

Earlier in 2021

  • 7 July 2021–  Freezing in Australia? Funding freeze, competition and physicians’ behaviours– Dr Susan Méndez (Melbourne Institute)
  • 2 June 2021– Who Chooses Commitment? Evidence and Welfare Implications– Associate Professor Heather Royer (UC Santa Barbara)
  • 26 May 2021– The Social Determinants of Choice Quality: Evidence from Health Insurance in the Netherlands– Associate Professor Ben Handel (UC Berkeley)
  • 12 May 2021– The cost-effectiveness of lifestyle interventions in pregnancy to reduce adverse maternal outcomes– Associate Professor Zanfina Ademi-Delaney
  • 5 May 2021– Model selection in RDD and related settings using placebo zones– Dr Nathan Kettlewell (UTS)
  • 21 April 2021– Persuasion in medicine: Messaging to increase vaccine demand– Professor Marcella Alsan (Harvard)
  • 14 April 2021– Rational self-medication– Associate Professor Michael Darden (Johns Hopkins University)
  • 31 March 2021– Socioeconomic decline and death: Midlife impacts of graduating in a recession– Assistant Professor Hannes Schwandt (Northwestern University)
  • 24 March 2021– The impact of child work on cognitive development: Results from four low to middle income countries– Dr Timothy Neal (UNSW)
  • 17 March 2021– Forced displacement, mental health, and child development: Evidence from the Rohingya refugees Professor Asad Islam (Monash University)
  • 3 March 2021– Rural-urban migration and the health of the elderly in China– Dr Tess Stafford (UNSW)
  • 24 February 2021– Coal plants, air pollution and anemia: Evidence from India– Professor Pushka Maitra (Monash University)

We would like to extend an enormous thanks to our presenters, as well as to our series organisers, Umair Khalil and Johannes Kunz.

The best way to stay up to date with the series is to join our email list, or to keep an eye on our seminar series page.