November Newsletter

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Call for Submissions for the Arrow Award  

 Deadline: Wednesday January 17, 2024 

IHEA’s Arrow Award was created to recognize excellence in the field of health economics with the Award presented to the author or authors of the paper judged to be the best paper published in health economics in English in the award year. The Award was set up in honour of the late Kenneth Arrow and in recognition of the influence of his seminal paper from 1963 “Uncertainty and the welfare economics of medical care”. Professor Arrow was involved in the creation of the Award and he presented the inaugural prize in 1993.  

The Award is made every year. Each year the Award committee considers a short-list of up to ten papers, with each paper evaluated by all of the committee members in terms of importance and originality of contribution, appropriateness and innovation in methodology and clarity of presentation. You can view the most recent award winners here.  

Nominations for the Arrow Award from members of IHEA are welcome and should be sent to the Chair of the Committee (Tor Iversen:, accompanied by a copy of the paper and a brief cover letter. 

Call for Nominations for the 2023 Student Paper Prize 

 Deadline: Thursday January 18, 2024 

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). As an international association, IHEA highly encourages those from around the globe to share this call with their networks and submit their papers for consideration. 

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Papers can be published or unpublished, but must be in a comparable format to a published paper in the Journal of Health Economics or Health Economics, and have a maximum length of 8,000 words.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 free registration for the 2025 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 2025 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 ASSA! 

IHEA will be represented at the Allied Social Science Associations Annual meeting in San Antonio, on January 5-7, 2024. We will be hosting two organised sessions and co-hosting a reception with the American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon).  

Details on our two sessions are below:  

●  Saturday, January 6, 2024 at 8:00-10:00 am (CST): Economics of Health Care, Health Investments, and Risky Behaviors 

●  Saturday, January 6, 2024 at 2:30-4:30 pm (CST): Randomized Experiments Worldwide with Implications for Health 

The ASHEcon/IHEA happy hour will take place on Saturday, January 6 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.  

More details and the full program can be found here

The Health Workforce SIG is Looking for Leaders!

The Health Workforce Special Interest Group needs to expand the leadership team and are seeking people to take on specific roles, such as planning one or more webinars, as well as overall leadership of the SIG. Please email if you’d like to become more involved in this SIG! 

Submissions Now Open for the 13th Workshop on the Economics of Risky Behavior

Deadline: Sunday March 3, 2024 

Submissions are now open for the 13th Workshop on the Economics of Risky Behavior, scheduled to take place in Opatija, Croatia on July 4-5, 2024.

Keynote Speaker: Giovanni Mastrobuoni (University of Torino)


Erdal Tekin (School of Public Affairs, American University & NBER)

Ana Bobinac, Igor Francetic, Lana Kovacevic (Croatian Health Economics Association)

Workshop Dates: July 4-5, 2024

The workshop aims to create a platform where researchers from diverse backgrounds can come together to enhance, refine, and challenge our comprehension of the origins and impacts of risky behavior. Additionally, it aims to facilitate the development of policies that can mitigate the costs associated with such behaviors. Risky behavior encompasses actions that are either self-destructive or place individuals at risk of harm, including criminal activities.

The workshop originated from the idea of fostering economic research that contributes to our understanding of the causes and consequences of risky behaviors and crime, as well as the effectiveness of policies and interventions to reduce their prevalence and associated costs. With these objectives in mind, the workshop showcases recent empirical research covering a broad spectrum of risky behaviors, such as crime and delinquency, smoking, alcohol and substance abuse, in both advanced and developing countries.

For more information about the workshop and the submission process, please visit our website at

Partial funding may be available for individuals in need of financial support. You can specify your funding requirements through the application form on the submission portal.

If you have any questions, please email Erdal Tekin at 

Call for Papers: Latin American Health Economics Network 

 Deadline: Sunday January 14, 2024 

The Research Institute for Development, Growth and Economics (RIDGE), the LACEA Health Economics Network (LAHEN) and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile are pleased to announce a call for papers for the workshop on “Health Economics”, to be held in Santiago de Chile on 16-17 May, 2024 at the RIDGE MAY FORUM. We encourage the submission of empirical and theoretical papers dealing with problems that are relevant to Latin America, but will also consider other papers.

The 2024 workshop will take place within the framework of the 2024 RIDGE MAY FORUM along with the following workshops: Gender and Household Economics, Historical Development, Political Economy, Industrial Organization, Inequality & Poverty, Economics of Crime, Impact Evaluation Network, Public Economics, Behavioral Economics, and Labor Economics. The RIDGE forums aim at spreading high-quality research in economics by bringing together prestigious researchers working on the frontier of knowledge to local and regional researchers and policymakers. 

Call for papers 

Submit your paper here 

Upcoming Events

Covid 19 and the Economics of Aging and Longevity

Date: December 4, 2023

Time: 10:30am EST, 3:30pm GMT, 2:30am AEDT

Featured Speaker: Holger Strulik

Holger Strulik is a professor for macroeconomics and development economics at the University of Göttingen. His research interests include long-term macroeconomics, population economics, and health economics. In health economics, he proposed a new approach to human health and longevity that considers health status from the medical viewpoint as the accumulation of health deficits such as illnesses and functional limitations. Using a metric from gerontology, the frailty index, predictions of the new theory are straightforward to test empirically. Recent applications include the gender health gap, the health gain from marriage, the role of adaptation to deteriorating health for health behavior, self-control problems in health behavior, smoking, depression, painkiller addiction, and more. Holger Strulik is an associate editor of the Journal of Demographic Economics and the Journal of the Economics of Ageing. He is also member in several research networks such as the European Research Development Network (EUDN), CESifo, and the Macroeconomics Council and the Council for Health Economics of the German Economic Association.

Abstract: We propose a health-economic model to investigate individual lifetime behavior and long-term health outcomes in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Individuals invest in their health to slow down health deficit accumulation and take measures to protect themselves from infectious diseases. The model explains how the severeness of Covid infections depends on the frailty (pre-conditions) of the infected and how infections affect the accumulation of chronic health deficits and mortality from non-communicable diseases (inflammaging). We calibrate the model for an average American and explore how the outcome of Covid infections depends on protection behavior, pre-conditions, and the disease environment. We also investigate health outcomes when individuals have misconceptions about the long-term consequences of Covid infections and explore the impact of Long Covid on aging and longevity.

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Measuring Health And Health Care Efficiency: Revised Guidelines For Measurement Webinar

Date: December 5, 2023

Time: 9:30am EST, 2:30pm GMT, 1:30am AEDT

Featured speaker: Bruce Hollingsworth 

Bruce Hollingsworth is a professor of Health Economics and he leads the Health Economics unit at Lancaster University, UK. His research and international collaborative publications are primarily within the theme of efficiency measurement concerning the production of health and health care, social determinants of health, and the translation of research into practice.

Abstract: Measuring efficiency of the health systems and the productivity of the available resource use are increasingly the focus of governments, both nationally and at sub-national level. Policy practitioners and healthcare service delivery professionals are discerningly critical about how the efficiency is measured, and how validity and robustness of the results are established. This webinar presents revised guidelines about designing efficiency studies that provide values at the end-user level for different contexts / settings. We shall also discuss potential consequences of not following the guidelines that are presented in this webinar.

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Advances In Measurement And Valuation Of Paediatric Health-Related Quality Of Life (HRQoL): Key Results From The Australian QUOKKA Research Program Webinar

Date: December 7, 2023

Time: 4:00am EST, 9:00am GMT, 8:00pm AEDT

Featured speaker: QUOKKA Research Team, Australia

Abstract: The webinar will be organised across three areas of work to advance methods for generating and valuing health-related quality of life (HRQoL) for children with a focus on strengthening decision-making.

New evidence on measurement of paediatric HRQoL featuring results from the Paediatric Multi-Instrument Comparison (P-MIC) study, which generated a comprehensive database of over 6,800 children to understand the performance of alternative paediatric HRQoL measures and new research to understand and strengthen self-report versus proxy-report.

Research findings on valuation for paediatric HRQoL including how the general population make choices when valuing paediatric HRQoL and methods for improving stated preference elicitation.

New evidence on the societal views about whether child quality-adjusted life year (QALY) gains should be given different weights than adult QALY gains, and how those views differ by child age and type of QALY improvement.

The provisional plan is a one and a quarter hour time slot composed of 5 minutes of initial housekeeping, an approximate 55 minute presentation and 15 minutes for discussion.

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Fourth Ireland Masterclass In Health Economics

Venue: University College, Cork
Dates: March 19-21, 2024

At the Ireland Masterclasses in Health Economics, internationally prominent senior researchers share their cutting-edge research with early-career health economists (assistant professors, post-doctoral researchers, and PhD students). The event also includes professional development sessions, such as a “Meet the Editors” event to discuss publication strategies with the editors of health economics journals.

The event is run on a strictly non-profit basis. Generous support from sponsors allows us to cap delegate fees. Those fees cover all classes as well as lunches, tea/coffee during breaks, and a dinner to be held during the week.



To register, please email using MCIV in the subject line.

Check out the full event list here.

Did You Know?

IHEA’s 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. 141 countries and 74 languages have been represented in the IHEA membership from 1997-2023!