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Student Prize

The iHEA Student Prize is to recognize excellence by students in the field of health economics. It was first awarded in 1999 and biennially thereafter to coincide with the iHEA congress. As from 2017, there will be a standing Student Paper Prize committee to award this prize annually to the Masters or Doctoral student paper judged as best in the award year. Each year the Committee will consider a short list of submitted papers evaluated by all of the committee members using similar criteria to that of the long established Arrow Award.

The prize is subsidized travel, accommodation and registration for the next iHEA Congress to present the paper in a Student Prize Special Organized Session chaired by the iHEA President, or Chair of the Prize Committee; a cash prize; and the offer (if the author wishes, and the paper is unpublished) of potential fast track publication in Health Economics, subject to Editorial approval. The papers in 2nd and 3rd place each receive a cash prize and free registration for (but not travel or other costs for attending) the next iHEA Congress. They are also invited to give brief presentations at the iHEA Congress Student Prize Special Organized Session. 

Nominations for the 2018 Student Paper Prize are now closed

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Most recent prize winners

The 2017 Prize was awarded to the joint student paper by Raf Van Gestel (University of Antwerp) and Tobias Müller (University of Lucerne) “Does My High Blood Pressure Improve Your Survival? Overall and Subgroup Learning Curves in Health”.  The paper looks at learning curves in health, distinguishing between three types of learning when identifying overall learning curves: economies of scale, learning from cumulative experience and human capital depreciation.  They find different types of learning are important for different outcomes, while cumulative learning has a great impact on survival.

Honorable mentions were also made of the 2nd placed paper by Till Seuring "The relationship between diabetes, employment status and behavioural risk factors: An application of marginal structural models and fixed effects to Chinese panel data", and third place paper by Myriam Soto “Incorporating budget impact analysis in the implementation of complex interventions. A case of an integrated intervention for multi-morbid patients within the Carewell study”.

Student Prize Committee

Chairperson: Bruce Hollingsworth (Lancaster University, UK)
Tinna Asgeirsdottir (University of Iceland)
Rachel Baker (Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland)
Edwine Barasa (KEMRI-Wellcome, Kenya)
Nicole Black (Monash University, Australia)
Joseph Dieleman (University of Washington, USA)
Emma Frew (University of Birmingham, UK)
Toshiaki Iizuka (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Rowena Jacobs (York University, UK)
Mustafa Karakus (WESTAT)
Arturo Schweiger (Universidad Isalud, Argentina)
Peter Sivey (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology)
Aparnaa Somanathan (World Bank, Sri Lanka)
Veronica Vargas (Alberto Hurtado University, Chile)


Previous Student Prize winners



Raf Van Gestel (University of Antwerp) and Tobias Müller (University of Lucerne), Does My High Blood Pressure Improve Your Survival? Overall and Subgroup Learning Curves in Health.


Joseph Dieleman, IHME, University of Washington, Measuring the displacement and replacement of government health expenditure.


Ranjeeta Thomas, University of York, Conditional cash transfers to improve education and health: an ex ante evaluation of Red de Protección Social, Nicaragua


Pedro Rosa Dias, University of York.Inequality of opportunity in health: evidence from a UK cohort study.


Stephanie von Hinke Kessler Scholder, University of Bristol, Maternal employment and overweight children: does timing matter?


Teresa Bago d’Uva, University of York, Latent class models for utilization of health care.


Paula Gonzalez, Universidad Pablo de Olavide,Sevilla, Should physicians’ dual practice be limited? An incentive approach.


Nazmi Sari, Boston University, Do managed care and competition improve quality? Evidence from US hospital markets.


Mathias Kifmann, Universität Konstanz, Community rating in health insurance and different benefit packages.


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