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iHEA’s Kenneth J. Arrow Award was created to recognize excellence in the field of health economics with the Award presented to the author(s) of the paper judged to be the best paper published in health economics in English in the award year. The Award was set up in honor of Kenneth Arrow and in recognition of the influence of his seminal paper from 1963 “Uncertainty and the welfare economics of medical care”. Professor Arrow was involved in the creation of the Award and he presented the inaugural prize in 1993.
The Award is made every year. Each year the Award committee consider a short-list of up to ten papers, with each paper evaluated by all of the committee members in terms of importance and originality of contribution, appropriateness and innovation in methodology and clarity of presentation.
The winner is presented with a plaque at the iHEA congress when held in the same year as the award, or at a special reception at the AEA conference in years when there is no iHEA congress.
iHEA members are also encouraged to express an interest in serving on the committee! Expressions of interest to serve on the committee close on September 29th 2017. More information can be found here.
Most recent Award Winner
The 25th Arrow Award for the best paper in health economics is awarded to Martin Gaynor, Carol Propper, and Stephan Seiler for their paper “Free to choose? Reform, choice and consideration sets in the English National Health Service” American Economic Review 106(11): 3521-3557, 2016.
The Arrow Award Committee is proud to acknowledge the authors of this innovative and policy-relevant paper which uses a reform in the English National Health Service (NHS) to assess how removing constraints on patient choice affects the quality of health care received, as well as patient welfare. As a result of the policy change, which took place in 2006, the English government mandated that NHS patients be offered a choice of five hospitals when referred by physicians to a hospital for treatment. The authors use this reform to estimate a structural model of demand both pre-reform, when choice is assumed to be constrained, and post-reform where choices are assumed to be unconstrained. They examine the case of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgeries, where the key quality measures are post-surgery mortality rates. Following the reforms, quality of care and patient welfare increased, with the largest improvement for severely ill and low-income patients. As a result of greater patient choice, low quality hospitals lost and high quality hospitals gained market share. Hospitals responded by improving the quality of care, with particularly large quality gains for those hospitals facing high demand elasticities. This research suggests that reforms that enhance choice have the potential to raise health care quality and patient welfare
Committee Membership 2017
Membership of the Arrow Award Committee is refreshed each year and members can serve for up to two three-year terms.
Chair: Christopher Ruhm, University of Virginia, USA
Co-Chair: Luigi Siciliani, University of York, UK
Term Expires at the end of 2017:
*Ana Balsa, Universidad de Montevideo, Uruguay
Anne Case, Princeton University, USA
Jonathan Kolstad, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Joachim Winter, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
Winnie Yip, University of Oxford, UK / Harvard University, USA
Term Expires at the end of 2018:
Jeffrey Clemens, University of California San Diego, USA
*Sherry Glied, Columbia University, USA
Joshua Gottlieb, University of British Columbia, Canada
*Petter Lundborg, Lund University, Sweden
*Tony Scott, University of Melbourne, Australia
Term Expires at the end of 2019:
Joan Costa-i-Font, London School of Economics, UK
* Brigitte Dormont, Université Paris Dauphine, France
* Kate Ho, Columbia University, USA
* Jui-fen Rachel Lu, Chang Gung University, Taiwan
Rodrigo R. Soares, Columbia University, USA
(* = 2nd and final term)