Dr. Diener is the Assistant Director of the Policy Research, Economics and Analytics unit, in the Strategic Policy Branch at Health Canada. Alan received his PhD in economics from McMaster University and he has previously held positions at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) where he was a consultant in the Health Division from 2011 to 2013.
Alan’s research interests include public health economics, economic evaluation, health expenditures, and financing of the health care system. While at the OECD, Alan contributed to the international guidelines on deriving expenditures by disease age and gender, and he has undertaken extensive work in the field examining methods to provide more valid and reliable estimates. In addition to the aforementioned research interests, Alan is currently engaged in work examining activity-based funding and long-term care.