Health Economics Workshop

The Health Economics Workshop (HEW) is a weekly interdisciplinary workshop that includes participants from the Social and Biological Sciences as well as several professional schools (Business, Law, Public Policy, and Social Service Administration) and faculty outside the University of Chicago. The workshop provides an important venue for presentation of research in the areas of health economics, medical decision-making, health services research, health policy, population health and related topics, and 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 Geri Harges. 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 2012—2013 series is provided by CHeSS, the Department of Health Studies, 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 140-B at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Studies (1155 E. 60th Street).


Health Economics Workshop Archives

Spring 2014 Quarter Schedule


April 10, 2014
Judite Goncalves
"Does Home Care Policy Generosity Impact Acute Care Use?"


April 17, 2014
Rasmus Landerso
"The Effects of Admissions to Psychiatric Hospitals on Later Life Outcomes"



April 24, 2014
Matthew Notowidigdo
"Public Health Insurance, Labor Supply, and Employment Lock" (with Craig Garthwaite and Tal Gross)



May 1, 2014
Britt Livak

"Is social network based HIV testing a cost-effective strategy for locating people with undiagnosed HIV infection?"


Rebecca Myerson

"Diabetes and Hypertension Care: Analyzing the effects of the Affordable Care Act"


May 8, 2014
Leemore Dafny
"More Insurers, Lower Premiums: Evidence from Initial Pricing on Exchanges"
(joint with Jonathan Gruber, MIT and Christopher Ody, Northwestern)



May 15, 2014
Tamara Konetzka
"Income and the Utilization of Long-Term Care: Evidence from Income Shocks"



May 22, 2014
Jason Fletcher
"Extending Gene-Environment Interactions into Policy Domains: The Case of Tobacco Taxation"


May 29, 2014
No Workshop


June 5, 2014
Iuliana Pascu
"Spillovers of Medicare Policies on Non-Medicare Patients: The Case of Critical Access Hospitals"