The 14th Annual CHESG Meeting

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Toronto, Ontario
May 27 – 28th, 2015

The Canadian Health Economist’s Study Group is an annual conference of economists with an interest in theoretical or empirical economic analysis of issues related to health or health care. The conference typically covers a day and a half.

Keynote Speaker:

Frank Lichtenberg, Columbia University


Frank R. Lichtenberg is Courtney C. Brown Professor of Business at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business; a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research; and a member of the CESifo Research Network. He received a BA with Honors in History from the University of Chicago and an MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Lichtenberg previously taught at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Ecole Polytechnique. He has served as an expert for the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Dept. of Justice, and state Attorneys General, and has testified before Congress. He has worked for several U.S. government agencies, including the Department of Justice, the Congressional Budget Office, and the Census Bureau, and been a visiting scholar at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, the University of Munich, and elsewhere.

Some of Professor Lichtenberg’s research has examined how the introduction of new technology arising from research and development affects the productivity of companies, industries and nations. He has performed studies of the impact of pharmaceutical innovation on longevity, the effect of computers on productivity in business and government organizations, and the consequences of takeovers and leveraged buyouts for efficiency and employment. His articles have been published in numerous scholarly journals and in the popular press. His book Corporate Takeovers and Productivity has been published by MIT Press.

He was awarded the 1998 Schumpeter Prize for his paper, Pharmaceutical Innovation as a Process of Creative Destruction; the 2003 Milken Institute Award for Distinguished Economic Research for the paper, Pharmaceutical Knowledge-Capital Accumulation and Longevity; and Research!America’s 2010 Garfield Economic Impact Award for the paper, The effect of new cancer drug approvals on the life expectancy of American cancer patients, 1978-2004.

He has been awarded research fellowships, grants, and contracts by the National Science Foundation, the World Health Organization, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Merck and Co., the Fulbright Commission, the Brookings Institution, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, The German Marshall Fund, the American Enterprise Institute, and other organizations. He has served as a consultant to private organizations and government agencies including the Securities Industry Association, Pfizer, Inc., the Community Preservation Corporation, the RAND Corporation, the New York City Water Board, Touche Ross and Co., The Walt Disney Company, McGraw-Hill, and the National Pharmaceutical Council. He is an affiliate of the economics consulting firm Analysis Group.

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Meals will be provided. All other expenses, including transportation and lodging, are the participant’s responsibility. Selection of papers for presentation is done by a local scientific committee, based on submission of completed papers, not abstracts.

Ten papers will be accepted for presentation. The conference will consist of a full day of presentations on Wednesday May 27th, and a half-day of presentations on Thursday, May 28th. Each paper is allotted 45 minutes for the presentation, comments from a discussant, and general discussion. Submissions are invited from any geographical location.

If you would like to present, please submit a complete draft in two versions: (i) an anonymized version, and (ii) a version containing author(s) contact information. Submissions should be in an electronic format (.doc or .pdf) and sent to by February 28th, 2015 with subject heading CHESG SUBMISSION. Submissions should be unpublished. Decisions will be made and notifications sent out by April 1st, 2015.

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Local Organizers:
Dr. Audrey Laporte
Associate Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management, & Evaluation
Director, Canadian Centre for Health Economics
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Claire de Oliveira
Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management, & Evaluation
Scientist, Social and Epidemiological Research (SER) Department, CAMH
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Series Organizing Committee:
Co-Chair, Emma Piérard, University of Waterloo
Co-Chair, Logan McLeod, Wilfrid Laurier University
Chris Auld, University of Victoria
Paul Grootendorst, University of Toronto
Pierre-Thomas Leger, HEC Montreal


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University of Toronto
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