Health Economics Workshop

The Health Economics Workshop (HEW) is a weekly interdisciplinary workshop which includes participants from the Social and Biological Sciences Division; several professional schools (Business, Law, Public Policy, and Social Service Administration); and faculty outside the University of Chicago.

The workshop provides an important venue to present research in the areas of health economics; medical decision-making; health services research; health policy; and topics related to population health.


It also provides a forum for mentoring and professional development of students and junior faculty.
Workshops are organized by faculty members Rena Conti, Tamara Konetzka, Tina Shih, and Fabrice Smieliauskas, with the assistance of HEW Administrator Susie McGee. Funding for HEW has been provided by the Merck Company Foundation; the Center for Health Administration Studies; the Population Research Center; NORC; and the University of Chicago.


Funding for the 2014-2015 series is provided by CHeSS, the Department of Public Health Sciences, the Harris School of Public Policy Studies, and the AHRQ Health Services Research Training Program. For more information or to sign up for email announcements, please contact us at To schedule a presentation, contact faculty organizer Tamara Konetzka.


Workshops are held on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00pm in Room W-229 at the University of Chicago Medical Center (5841 S. Maryland Avenue).


Health Economics Workshop Archives


Winter 2015 Quarter Schedule


January 8, 2015
Rebecca Mary Myerson

PhD Candidate, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

"Chasing the Missing Patients: The Effects of In-Home Health Screenings on Evaluation and Management of Chronic Disease"


January 15, 2015
No Seminar/Workshop


January 22, 2015
No Seminar/Workshop


January 29, 2015
Marcella Alson, MD, MPH, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Stanford University

"Economics of Infectious Disease"

**Workshop will be in Harris School Room 232


February 5, 2015
Kris Hult

PhD Candidate, Department of Economics, University of Chicago

"Incremental Innovation and Pharmaceutical Productivity"


February 12, 2015
Louis Garrison, PhD

Professor, School of Pharmacy, University of Washington

"Rewarding Value Creation in Personalized Medicine: Reimbursement Policies and Incentives for Innovation"


February 19, 2015
No Seminar/Workshop


February 26, 2015
Britt Livak

PhD Candidate, Department of Epidemiology, University of Chicago

"Structural Factors & Sexual Network Change among Young Black MSM in Chicago"


March 5, 2015
Brian Elbel, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Population Health and Health Policy, School of Medicine, New York University

"Do New Tax-Incentivized Supermarkets Impact Food Choice in 'Food Deserts'"



Spring 2015 Quarter Schedule


April 2, 2015
Bruce D. Meyer, PhD

McCormick Foundation Professor, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

"Childhood Medicaid Coverage and Later Life Health Care Utilization"


April 9, 2015


April 16, 2015


April 23, 2015
Brad Shapiro


April 30, 2015
David Slusky


May 7, 2015
Bora Keskin


May 14, 2015
Anita Rao


May 21, 2015
Samuel Stephens Kingsley


May 28, 2015