Workshop: Economics of Health Inequalities

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16 October 2017 at 9:15 am – 16 October 2017 at 3:30 pm
Plenary Room, Level 7, 271 Collins St, Melbourne CBD


Poor individuals are likely to be sicker and to die younger than rich individuals. To successfully combat such inequalities, we need to appropriately measure, compare and evaluate population health, the determinants of health and healthcare use across socioeconomic groups. The aim of the workshop is to showcase the latest evidence and methods to measure health inequalities and to model the impact of policies on inequalities. The workshop will consist of a series of lectures and discussions from international and Australian experts. It provides a forum for the exchange of expertise between researchers, policy makers, students and other stakeholders.

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Dr Sonja Kassenboehmer (Monash University)dr-sonja-kassenboehmer

Sonja Kassenboehmer is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Economics at Monash University. Her research focuses on the analysis of economic decision-making and the formation of health and human capital over the life cycle. Her work contributes to a better understanding on where and when policy should intervene to reduce inequality and maximize the welfare of society. For example, her research has advanced our knowledge on the extent to which non-cognitive skills (such as perseverance, conscientiousness, emotional regulation and social skills) are important in predicting behaviour and life outcomes. Her current research investigates the mechanisms behind differential development and returns to non-cognitive skills between rich and poor. According to IDEAS/RePeC – the largest bibliographic database of economists worldwide – Sonja currently ranks in the top 9% of all economists and top 6% of female economists worldwide. She has published in journals such as the Economic Journal, Industrial and Labour Relations Review, Journal of Banking and Finance and Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.

Prof Ulf Gerdtham (Lund University)prof-ulf-gerdtham

Ulf Gerdtham is Professor in Health Economics at the Department of Economics and at the Department of Clinical Sciences at Lund University as well as a research leader at the Swedish Institute for Health Economics (IHE). Professor Gerdtham’s research agenda focuses on exploring the relationship between economic factors and individuals' health-related behavior. He is particularly interested in measuring and explaining the sources of income-related inequality in health. He is also interested in the consequences of risky behavior and chronic diseases. His other research focus is on the economic evaluations of health interventions, health system effects on health care costs and productivity. He has published in journals such as: Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Health Economics, Economics and Human Biology, Social Science & Medicine, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Human Resources and American Journal of Public Health.

Prof Andrew Jones (University of York)prof-andrew-jones

Andrew Jones, PhD (York), is Professor of Economics at the University of York, UK, where he was Head of the Department of Economics and Related Studies between January 2011 and September 2015. He was responsible for the running of the MSc in Health Economics at York between 1994 and 2011. During that time there were over 500 graduates from more than 70 different countries. He has also supervised 23 PhD students. He is a joint editor of Health Economics. He edited the Elgar Companion to Health Economics which was published in 2006 with 50 concise chapters that review the state-of-the-art in the field. A second edition of the Companion was published in 2012. He was elected to the executive
board of the International Health Economics Association (iHEA) and was chair of their Arrow Award committee. He was president-elect of the European Health Economics Association (EuHEA) 2014-16 and is president 2016-18. Andrew is also a part-time professor at the Centre for Health Economics at Monash University.

A/Prof Dennis Petrie (Monash University)prof-dennis-petrie

Dennis is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Health Economics, Monash University. He has published extensively on the longitudinal measurement and evaluation of health inequalities and currently holds an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship looking at the dynamics of socioeconomic health inequalities. He has lead the economic evaluation of large trials of interventions targeted at risky alcohol use in disadvantaged men and smoking cessation in lower socioeconomic groups. He has published in the top health economics journals, the Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics and Social Science & Medicine and also high impact medical journals including BMJ, PLOS Medicine, Diabetologia, Diabetes Care and Epidemiology. He specialises in analysing large and complex data sets to improve health policy decisions with a particular focus on developing methods to evaluate and communicate their impact on health inequalities.

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