December Newsletter

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Update on Board of Directors 

IHEA’s Board of Directors includes directors elected by IHEA members and directors nominated by regional health economics associations. Elections for the Board, and for the new President, take place every two years; the next election will be held in late 2023.

The terms of three of the regional association nominated directors ends in December: Richard Smith (2015-2022), Jui-Fen Rachel Lu (2016-2022) and Erin Strumpf (2019-2022). We would like to thank all three for their wonderful contributions while serving on the IHEA Board during their terms. Their responsiveness, commitment, and wise and well-informed inputs have been greatly appreciated by all.

We would like to welcome the three new regional association nominated directors, who will begin their terms in January 2023:

Mehdi Ammi (Canadian Health Economics Association)

James Buchanan (Health Economics Study Group, UK)


Shiko Maruyama (Asia network)

We are grateful for your willingness to serve on the IHEA Board and look forward to working with you over the next four years.


Thank you to everyone who submitted abstracts for the 15th IHEA World Congress! Abstract submissions are now closed.

Call for Pre-Congress Session Proposals: IHEA 2023 Congress, Cape Town 

A program of pre-congress sessions will take place on Saturday, July 8th, and Sunday, July 9th, 2023 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). The sessions provide an opportunity to take advantage of health economists coming together from around the world. These sessions are organized and coordinated by the person or organization submitting the proposal, after review by IHEA and the Local Organizing Committee. Sessions may be open or closed depending on the nature of the meeting, but should preferably be open for congress delegates to join. 

All rooms will be equipped with a computer, data projector, screen, and microphone. Flip charts can be made available on request. A hybrid event is also possible for an additional charge. Rooms with a range of seating capacities are available and sessions can be scheduled for two hours, a half day, or a full day. The cost to session organizers is presented below. Two-day sessions are also possible; the cost is double that for a single day. Mid-morning and afternoon beverages will be provided for all pre-congress session participants. Participants can purchase lunch at one of the CTICC coffee shops or restaurants. These prices are based on the venue hire, IT support, and catering costs associated with holding these sessions. Any surplus generated from the pre-congress sessions will be used to assist in covering the costs of the core congress and to keep registration fees for the congress as low as possible.

Pre-Congress Session Costs (U.S. Dollars: $USD)

Venue capacity  2 hours  1/2 day  Full day 
35  1,225  1,750  3,500 
50  1,750  2,500  5,000 
70  2,450  3,500  7,000 
100  3,500  5,000  10,000 
200  N/A  10,000  20,000 

Proposals for pre-congress sessions should be submitted using this online form at any stage before January 16th, 2023; acceptance of proposals may close before that date as available space will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Proposals should provide the following information:

  • Name, institutional affiliation, and contact details of session organizer 
  • Session title 
  • A description of the intended audience for the session 
  • Session length (two hours, half day, full day, or two-days) 
  • Required room size, preferred seating arrangements, and equipment requirements 
  • Preferred session date (Saturday, July 8th or Sunday, July 9th, noting that scheduling will be done on a first-come, first-served basis) 
  • Description of session format (e.g. training workshop, mini-conference with open call for peer-review of abstracts, organized session, meeting, etc.) and whether the session will be open to all delegates or by invitation only 
  • Description of the session content (up to 500 words), indicating the aim of the session, a brief description of the content of the session (either the names of presenters and their presentation topics if an organized session, or the topics on which abstracts will be elicited if a mini-conference) and the structure of the session, including how participation from attendees will be promoted 
  • A 50-word overview of the session that will be posted on the Congress website and in the program 
  • Billing details (name, organization and contact details for invoice)

IHEA encourages pre-congress session organizers to seek sponsorship to cover the costs of their session, rather than charging participants, to facilitate access to these sessions, particularly for congress delegates with limited financial resources such as delegates from low- and middle-income countries, students, and early career researchers. Sponsors of pre-congress sessions will be listed on the congress website and acknowledged in the session. 

Overviews of accepted sessions will be listed on the congress website, which will be included in informational emails sent to congress participants and the congress program. Session organizers are encouraged to advertise their session through other websites, and listservs. Congress delegates will have an opportunity to register for these sessions in advance.

Call for Nominations for the Student Paper Prize   

Deadline: January 13, 2023 

The International Health Economics Association (IHEA) is pleased to invite nominations for the Annual Student Paper Prize in Health Economics. Nominations should include a brief letter of nomination (250-words max) and a copy of the paper (preferably PDF).   

A student is defined as someone currently studying (full or part time) at a higher education institution, at either Masters or Doctoral level. In addition, students who have completed their studies in the year previous to the announcement qualify as long as the paper was written while registered as a student.  Papers can be published or unpublished, but must be in comparable format to a published paper in the Journal of Health Economics or Health Economics, at a maximum length of 8,000 words. Self-nomination is acceptable. Papers should be in English. If a submitted paper has more than one author, the student contribution must be at least 75% overall and an accompanying letter must be signed by co-authors to support this, stating the nature of their contribution (conceptualization, analysis, writing etc.). A joint student paper with 50-50 contributions is acceptable. Previous winners are not eligible.  Papers will be reviewed by an International Committee chaired by Professor Tinna Laufey Ásgeirsdóttir.  

The Prize will be complimentary registration for the 2023 IHEA Congress to present the paper in a Student Prize Special Organised Session chaired by the IHEA President, or Chair of the Prize Committee, a cash prize and the offer (if the author wishes, and the paper is unpublished) of potential fast track publication in Health Economics, subject to editorial approval. The papers in 2nd and 3rd place will receive a small cash prize and free registration for the 2023 IHEA Congress. They will be invited to give brief presentations at the IHEA Congress Student Prize Special Organized Session.   

Please submit nominations, and address queries by email to:   

IHEA will be at AEA! 

IHEA will be represented at the American Economic Association Annual meeting in New Orleans, January 6-­8, 2023. We will be hosting two organised sessions and co-­hosting a reception with the American Society of Health Economists. 

Details on our two sessions are below: 

  • Friday, January 6, 2023; 2:30-4:30 pm (CST): Health worker performance and improving access to quality healthcare 
  • Saturday, January 7, 2023; 8:00-10:00 am (CST): Strategies for, and impacts of, increasing health insurance coverage

The ASHEcon/IHEA happy hour will take place on Saturday, January 7 from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Lafayette-Napolean room. RSVP here!

More details and the full program can be found here

Upcoming Webinars

Skills Workshop: Supervising Research Dissertations And Building Research Supervision Capacity

Date: January 25, 2023 at 5:00 AM – 6:00 AM EST; 5:00 – 6:00 AM EST; 10:00 – 11:00 AM UK; 1:00 – 2:00 PM East Africa; 6:00 – 7:00 PM China & Western Australia; 9:00 – 10:00 PM East Australia 

Presenters/Panellists: Joanna Coast, University of Bristol and Lisa Gold, Deakin University 

This workshop will include brief presentations and extensive discussion on effective student research supervision practices, and guidance for developing individual skills and institutional capacity for supervision to grow Masters and Doctoral programs.  Issues raised in a survey of current students and recent graduates will feed into these discussions.  Participants will be encouraged to share their experience, whether as a student or supervisor. 

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Did You Know

IHEA recently updated its mission and strategic goals (see full details here). Our mission is “to foster an inclusive global community of health economists, committed to strengthening the field, sharing ideas and resources, developing and applying economic theory and methods and generating evidence for improved, equitable health and health care.”

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