General presentation

On behalf of the European Health Economics Association, the Spanish Health Economics Association and the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, we are pleased to host the next PhD Student— Supervisor Conference in Barcelona, from 7-9 September 2016.

This is a unique opportunity for PhD students and early career researchers to receive useful feedback on their research.

Each paper will be allocated one hour, for the author to present their research, followed by a discussion of the paper by a senior researcher and a general discussion.


Third PhD Student - supervisor conference Universitat Internacional de Catalunya
Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Campus Barcelona
Beta Building
β 5 Floor
Immaculada, 22
08017 Barcelona


Organizing Committe

Pilar García-Gómez
Dolors Gil
Toni Mora
Marta Trapero-Bertran
Alexandrina Stoyanova

Scientific Committe

Friedrich Breyer
Stefan Felder
Adrew Jones
Florence Jusot
Toni Mora
Pedro Pita Baros
Marta Trapero
Alexandrina Stoyanova
Matt Sutton


Wednesday, 7th September

12:00 – 13:00 Registration and Light Lunch
13:00 – 14:20 Opening Lecture by Andrew Jones “Going ‘beyond the mean' in health economic analysis”
Main Hall
14:50 – 15:40 Session 1
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Title: Using mathematical optimisation in model-based cost-effectiveness analyses: a case study of a personalised breast screening programme The effects of long-term care benefits on mortality Measuring the effect of insurance status on the costs and utilisation of primary, secondary and community healthcare services among older people in Ireland Exploring differences in health on the English coast, using longitudinal survey data
Author: Anna Donten
University of Manchester, Manchester Centre for Health Economics
Helena M. Hernandez Pizarro
Universitat Pompeu Fabra - CRES
Patrick Ward
National University of Ireland Galway
Jack Higgins
Health Economics At Lancaster (HEAL), Lancaster University
Country: United Kingdom Spain Ireland United Kingdom
Discussant: Marta Trapero Marisol Rodríguez Alexandrina Stoyanova Florence Jusot
15:45 – 16:35 Session 2
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Title: An approach to estimate a cost effectiveness threshold for new technology adoption in specific disease and age categories in the Netherlands Selection behavior in the market for private complementary long-term care insurance in Germany Health shocks and endogenous time discounting The long journey: diagnostic odyssey and social health inequalities
Author: Niek Stadhouders
Christopher Schreckenberger
University of Hohenheim, Institute for Health Care & Public Management
Laura Dysart
University of Aberdeen
Setti Rais
Country: The Netherlands Germany United Kingdom France
Discussant: Laura Vallejo Carine Franc Luke Munford Florence Jusot
16:35 – 17:05 Coffee
17:05 – 17:55 Session 3
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Title: What are women's preferences for breast cancer screening? Evidence from a discrete choice experiment in France Public health financing and improvement of health in Africa: the role of efficiency of public health expenditure Macroeconomic analysis of malaria effects in developing countries: the case of Madagascar Comparison of effect of new and old external inspection regimes of acute NHS trusts on adverse events
Author: Jonathan Sicsic
Centre Léon Bérard
Yann Tapsoba
Study and Research Center on international Development (CERDI)
Marilys Victoire Razakamanana
CERDI-CNRS (Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches sur le Développement International), Auvergne University
Ana Cristina Castro
University of York
Country: France France France United Kingdom
Discussant: Caroline Vass Jerome Wittwer Laia Maynou Matt Sutton

Thursday, 8th September

09:30 – 10:20 Session 4
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Title: Changes in the family network of elderly dependent people and evolution of filial caregiving: the role of contextual interactions Nudging to increase breast cancer screening uptake rate: a randomized experiment An analysis of the psichotropics consumption before and during the 2008 economic downturn The effect of subjective quality on the choice of hospital - Do patient perceptions matter?
Author: Louis Arnault
University Paris-Dauphine, LEDa-LEGOS
Léontine Goldzahl
Université Paris Dauphine
Elena Arroyo-Borrell
Research Group on Statistics, Econometrics and Health (GRECS), University of Girona, Spain and CIBER of Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP)
Adam Pilny
Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI)
Country: France France Spain Germany
Discussant: Sandy Tubeuf Wübker Ansgar Lars Hagberg Eleonora Fichera
10:20 – 10:50 Coffee
10:50 – 11:40 Session 5
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Title: Prenatal care and socio-economic status: effect on cesarean delivery Gatekeeping and the utilization of physician services in France: evidence on the “médecin traitant” reform Different domains – different time preferences? Is preventive health behavior best explained by discounting based on money or health outcomes? Back to work: employment effects of tighter disability insurance eligibility in the Netherlands
Author: Saad Zbiri
University of Paris-Saclay (RISCQ, UVSQ)
Magali Dumontet
Eskild Fredslund
University of Southern Denmark
Silvia Garcia Mandico
Erasmus University of Rotterdam
Country: France France Spain The Netherlands
Discussant: Marc Saez Bruno Ventelou Job Van Exel Thomas Barnay
11:45 – 12:35 Session 6
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Title: Birth in times of war - an investigation of fertility, mortality and the health-wealth gradient using historical clinical records How do hospitals respond to price changes in emergency departments? Risk-based screening for diabetic retinopathy: a model for individualisation Hiring subsidies for disabled individuals. Do they work?
Author: Sebastian Wichert
LMU Munich, Department of Economics
Beth Parkinson
University of Manchester
Christopher Sampson
University of Nottingham
Arnau Juanmarti Mestres
Center for Research in Health and Economics. Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Country: Germany United Kingdom United Kingdom Spain
Discussant: Daniel Avdic Pedro Pita Jason Madan Pilar Garcia Gomez
12:35 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:40 Posters
14:40 – 15:30 Session 7
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Title: A framework for the economic evaluation of changes to the organisation and delivery of health services Health disparities by income in Europe before and after the economic crisis Temporal stability, cross validity, and external validity of risk preferences measures: experimental evidence from a UK representative survey Does risk aversion predict sexual behaviours and the demand for HIV/STI prevention? Evidence from sex workers in Dakar
Author: Rachel Meacock
The University of Manchester
Max Coveney
Erasmus University, Applied Economics
Sara Machado
Boston University
Aurelia Lepine
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Country: United Kingdom The Netherlands USA / United Kingdom United Kingdom
Discussant: John Cairns Andrew Jones Lise Rochaix Ana Gil
15:35 – 16:25 Session 8
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Title: Productivity costs when correcting for multiplier effects and compensation mechanism Income-related health inequalities Do (non-standard) risk and time preferences explain health insurance enrollment? Measuring unbiased condom use and its determinants among high-risk groups: evidence from a list experiment among female sex workers in Dakar
Author: Kaya Verbooy
Instituut of Health Policy and Management
Adeline Amélie
University of Cergy-Pontoise - THEMA
Kim Van Wilgenburg
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Carole Treibich
Aic-Marseille University (AMSE), CNRS & EHESS
Country: The Netherlands France The Netherlands France
Discussant: Rachel Hunter Toni Mora Martine Audibert Elisa Sicuri
16:25 – 16:55 Coffee
16:55 – 17:45 Session 9
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Title: The effect of an unconditional cash transfer on mental health in South Africa Does one spouse's health shock influence the other partner's risk preferences? Does linkage of provider payments to outcomes impact on costs? The effectiveness of a population-based skin cancer screening program: evidence from Germany
Author: Julius Ohrnberger
University of Manchester
Johanna Kokot
University of Duisburg-Essen
Thomas Mason
University of Manchester
Christopher Schreckenberger
University of Hohenheim, Institute for Health Care & Public Management
Country: United Kingdom Germany United Kingdom Germany
Discussant: Stefan Felder Paul McNamee Guillem Lopez Morten Raun Mørkbak
20:30 Official Dinner

Friday, 9th Sepetember

09:30 – 10:20 Session 10
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Title: Migration and health in postsoviet Tajikistan The impact of premium refunds on individual claiming behaviour in the german private health insurance market Mental health disparities by socioeconomic status over the life cycle Productivity of norwegian hospitals 1999-2014
Author: Sandra Pellet
Paris-Dauphine University
Simon Decker
CINCH - Health Economic Research Centre
Coen van de Kraats
Tinbergen Institute / VU University Amsterdam
Kjartan Sarheim Anthun
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Country: France Germany The Netherlands Norway
Discussant: Hendrik Schmitz Yiu Shing Lau Cristina Colls Lise Rochaix
10:25 – 11:15 Session 11
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Title: The determinants of innovative drugs prices: the case of oncology drugs, comparative analysis On the role of information in health insurance decisions: Evidence from a laboratory experiment How to reduce the treatment non-compliance in mental health? A payment mechanism approach Length of stay as a resource-use indicator to measure performance in Mexican public hospitals
Author: Aissaoui Amine
PSL, Paris Dauphine University
Cornel Kaufmann
University of Lucerne
Maria Ana Matias
Nova School of Business and Economics
David G. Lugo Palacios
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Country: France Switzerland Portugal United Kingdom
Discussant: Ruth Puig-Peiro Sara Machado Matt Sutton Meritxell Sole
11:15 – 11:45 Coffee
11:45 – 12:35 Session 12
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Title: Minimum legal drinking age and public health in the United Kingdom Does the subsidy of healthy prenatal nutrition improve birth outcomes? Role of prices in access in dental cares: a French empirical study Investigation of the impacts of a COPD self-management intervention on the health and wellbeing of household members
Author: Luke Wilson
Lancaster University
Michal Lapinski
University of Innsbruck
Anne-Charlotte BAS
PSL université Paris Dauphine
Arjun Bhadhuri
University of Birmingham
Country: United Kingdom Austria France United Kingdom
Discussant: Fabrice Etilé Judit Vall Paula Gonzalez Sergi Jimenez
12:40 – 13:30 Session 13
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Title: A cost-utility analysis of HPV vaccination for cervical cancer prevention in Morocco Gender differences in french self-employed physician pay: the role of family structure Boosting access to modern contraceptives in Nigeria: evaluating a family planning programme
Author: Amira El-Houderi
City University London. WHO EMRO
Fanny Mikol
LEDa-Legos, PSL, Université Paris Dauphine; INSERM - CESP Team
Oludamilola Adeyanju
University of Leeds
Country: United Kingdom France United Kingdom
Discussant: David Esptein Eric Delattre Joan Gene

Poster Sessions

Thursday, 8th September

13:30 – 14:40h Screen A
Chair: Joan Gil
Title: Does democracy reduced the HIV epidemic? Evidence from Kenya Long-term societal costs associated to depression in adolescence Pay less, consume more? Estimating the price elasticity of demand for home care services of the disabled elderly Globalization and the nutrition transition: evidence from macro-data Impact of health insurance on health care services utilization in Benin
Author: Antoine Marsaudon
Paris School of Economics
Anna Philipson
University Health Care Research Center
Quitterie Roquebert
Paris School of Economics
Lisa Oberlander
Paris School of Economics
Alexandre Yedjannavo Zounmenou
Faculty of Economics and Management
Country: France Sweden France France Benin
13:30 – 14:40h Screen B
Chair: Ramon Sabes
Title: Handling missing data in within-trial cost-eectiveness analysis: a review with future recommendations The value of specialist care - Infectious disease specialist referrals - Why & for whom? Cost-effectiveness analysis of physical exercise program in menopausal women. Comparison of health outcomes measured by Euroqol, SF-36 and happiness questionnaires Cost and cost-effectiveness of recruitment and retention strategies on clinical trials in mental health – a systematic review Advocating for quality management in community health through economic evaluation: identifying methodological challenges and potential approaches
Author: Andrea Gabrio
University College London
Manoj Sasikumar
Aix Marseille School of Economics
Zuzana Špacírová
University of Granada
Yifeng Liu
University College London
Meghan Bruce Kumar
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Country: United Kingdom France Spain United Kingdom Kenya
13:30 – 14:40h Screen C
Chair: Dolors Gil
Title: Mixed method versus full topdown micro-costing for organ recovery cost assessment in a French hospital group In the middle of the night – Is it a dangerous time for hospital admission? The determinants of economic decisions in the French nursing homes: ownership type and directors’preferences Does group purchasing help hospitals to get lower prices for medicines? The working conditions of managers and their impact on health status: Choosing them to withstand them?
Author: Abdelbaste Hrifach
Hospices Civils de Lyon
Hentschker Corinna
RWI Essen
Sibille Romain
Paris Dauphine University
Lea Toulemon
Sciences Po - LIEPP
Defebvre Eric
Paris-Est University
Country: France Germany France France France
13:30 – 14:40h Screen D
Chair: Anna Garcia-Altes
Title: An analytic hierarchy process (AHP) model comparing patient preferences with expert judgment for objectives of diabetes coaching programs Risk preferences of immigrants in the United Kingdom: comparison of financial and health domain Risk-taking in vaccination, surgery, and gambling environments – evidence from a framed laboratory experiment Price contracting in a differentiated market: Bertrand competition or any-willingprovider? Evaluating the SPI-score to identify inpatients with a need of discharge planning
Author: Belinda Martschinke
EBS Business School - Health Care Management Institute
Ekaterina Kuznetsova
City University London
Simon Binder
University of Augsburg
Bell-Aldeghi Rosalind
CRESE, Université de Franche Comté
Constantin Warter
Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
Country: Germany United Kingdom Germany France Germany

The conference session format will be as follows:

  • 30 minute presentation by the author
  • 10 minute discussion by a senior health economist
  • 10 minutes for questions and general discussion

Poster Session Format

If the abstract is accepted by the Scientific Committee in poster form, it should be submitted in electronic format and feature the following:

  • PowerPoint presentation (.ppt or .pptx).
  • The slide format must be VERTICAL 90 x 120.
  • Maximum 1 slide per poster.
  • Font size at least 24. Smaller font sizes might not display correctly on the screen.
  • Arial font (recommended).
  • PowerPoint special effects not accepted.

Key dates

  • 23 March 2016
    Abstract submission deadline
  • 4 May 2016
    Notification of decisions
  • 4 May 2016
    Conference registration opens
  • 29 July 2016
    Paper submission deadline
  • 29 July 2016
    Registration and accommodation deadline

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission deadline: 23 March 2016

Only abstracts sent via the online form will be accepted.

Submission format

  • PhD student or early career researcher (name, email address, institution/department, city and country, last completed degree and date of completion)
  • Supervisor (name, email address, institution/department, city and country)
  • Co-authors (name, email address and institution/department)
  • Title
  • The abstract must not exceed 500 words (no tables or graphs)
  • At least 3 keywords


Registration Fees

Up to 29 July (inclusive) After 30 July
Single delegate rate 400€ 450€
For joint delegates (i.e those attending a PhD student/ECR and supervisor/senior colleague pair) 250€ each 300€ each
VAT included

The registration fee includes:

  • Accommodation at Residencia La Salle Bonanova*(Passeig de la Bonanova, 8 - 08022 – Barcelona) - 2 nights (7th and 8th of September) with breakfast included.
  • Access to the three days of the conference.
  • Refreshments throughout the conference.
  • Two lunches (7th and 8th of September).

* Please note that accommodation at Residencia La Salle Bonanova (Passeig de la Bonanova, 8 - 08022 – Barcelona) will be assigned on first come, first served basis.

Alternative accommodation Options

Those attending the conference may also choose among the following accommodation options.

(Double room for single use)
(Double room)
Hotel Eurostars Anglí (4*)
Carrer d'Anglí, 60, 08017 Barcelona
136,90€ 156,99€
Hotel Catalonia Mikado (3*)
Passeig de la Bonanova, 58, 08017 Barcelona
140,17€ 180,17€
VAT included

* These prices should be added to the registration fees described above and are for 2 nights (7th and 8th of September) with breakfast included.

Payment method

On-line payment through the conference website.

Bank transfer to AES:
Acount number: 0081 0105 1500 0141 9651
IBAN: ES44 0081 0105 1500 0141 9651

Registration Cancellation and Refund

For cancellations made by 1st of May, 2016, your registration fee (plus accommodation price, if it applies) will be refunded less a 50€ cancellation fee.

For cancellations between 2nd of May and 6th of June, 2016, 50% of the registration fee (plus accommodation price, if it applies) will be refunded after celebration of the conference.

No refunds will be given for cancellations after 6th of June, 2016.

Cancellation requests must identify the registrant's name, e-mail address, and amount paid. Send cancellation requests to

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