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 Rena Conti.


Workshops are held on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 pm in Harris School Room 140B.


Health Economics Workshop Archives


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
No HEW workshop


April 16, 2015
Eric Budish, PhD

Associate Professor of Economics, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

"Do firms underinvest in long-term research? Evidence from cancer clinical trials"


April 23, 2015
Brad Shapiro, PhD

Assistant Professor of Marketing, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

"Advertising in Health Care Markets"


April 30, 2015
David Slusky

PhD Candidate, Department of Economics, Princeton University

"Second Trimester Sunlight and Asthma: Evidence from Two Independent Studies"


May 7, 2015
Bora Keskin, PhD

Assistant Professor of Operations Management, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

"Dynamic Pricing and Product Differentiation with Cost Uncertainty and Learning"


May 14, 2015
Anita Rao, PhD

Assistant Professor of Marketing, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

"Entry and Investment Decisions in the Pharmaceutical Industry"


May 21, 2015
Samuel Stephens Kingsley

PhD Candidate, Department of Economics, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

"Medical Malpractice and the Adoption of Medical Technology"


May 28, 2015
David Paltiel, MBA, PhD

Professor of Public Health, of Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and of Management, Yale University

"Reducing Sexual Violence by Increasing the Supply of Toilets in Khayelitsha, South Africa: A Mathematical Model"