2014 Annual Health Econometrics Workshop

The AHEW provides a forum to discuss the use of econometric and other quantitative methods to address issues in health economics and policy, health services research, and outcomes research. It is the first meeting of its kind in North America and facilitates the exchange of ideas among the growing number of health econometricians in the United States and Canada.

The format of the workshop follows the traditional structure of the American Health Economics Conference (AHEC), National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Conferences, and the European Workshops on Econometrics and Health Economics where an entire hour is devoted to each paper. Unlike the traditional format, however, the discussant presents the paper, followed by the author’s rebuttal and open discussion.

The 2014 AHEW was hosted by the Canadian Centre for Health Economics and held at the University of Toronto.

Funding and other resources were provided by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Pfizer Inc., the Canadian Centre for Health Economics at the University of Toronto, the Institute for Health Policy, Management, And Evaluation at the University of Toronto, and the University of Washington School of Public Health.

List of Papers and Presentations:

1. Moral Hazard and Adverse Selection in Private Health Insurance

Discussant: Frank Windmeijer, University of Bristol, UK

Primary Author: David Powell, RAND Corp

2. Estimating Heterogeneous Treatment Effects in Randomized Control Trials

Discussant: Salvador Navarro, University of Western Ontario, Canada

Primary Author: Christopher P. Adams, Federal Trade Commission

3. Regressions – A Comparison of Methods For Estimating The Full Conditional Distribution

Discussant: William Greene, New York University

Primary Author: James Lomas, University of York, UK

4. A Dynamic Model of Health, Education and Wealth with Credit Constraints and Rational Addiction

Discussant: Victor Aguirregabiria, University of Toronto, Canada

Primary Author: Rong Hai, University of Chicago

5. Personality, Education, and Health-Related Outcomes of High-Ability Individuals

Discussant: Gabriella Conti, University College of London, UK

Primary Author: Peter Savelyev, Vanderbilt University

6. How do Hospitals Respond to Financial Pain? Evidence from Hospital Markets in Texas

Discussant: Richard Lindrooth, University of Colorado, Denver

Primary Author: Lori Timmins, University of British Columbia, Canada

7. Life Cycle Responses to Health Insurance Status

Discussant: Brian Ferguson, University of Guelph, Canada

Primary Author: Florian Pelgrin, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

8. Modeling the Top Tail of the Medical Care Spending Distribution

Discussant: Andrew Ching, University of Toronto, Canada

Primary Author: Matthew C. Harris, University of Tennessee

Recent Advances in Nonparametric Instrumental Regression (Conference Keynote)

Primary Author: Jeffrey S. Racine, McMaster University

Keynote Photos:

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