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The 3rd Economics of the Health Workforce Conference 2019

Call for Abstracts
The 3rd Economics of the Health Workforce Conference 2019
Sunday, July 14, 8:30am-4:30pm
Basel, Switzerland

Abstract deadline: March 18, 2019

The 3rd Economics of the Health Workforce Conference will be held in conjunction with the International Health Economics Association Congress to focus on micro-economic studies of the health workforce.

Relevant topics include:

  • Pay and wage setting
  • Competition in health labor markets
  • Human capital formation
  • Occupation and specialty choice
  • Career transitions; gender differences
  • Geographic distribution of health professionals
  • International migration
  • The relationship between health workforce and quality of health care services
  • Evaluation of policy interventions directed at health professionals’ labor markets

Other topics related to the health care workforce are invited. Papers that inform policy will be particularly welcome. 

The format of the session will be to have 3-4 panels of 2-3 papers. Each panel or paper will have a discussant and there will be time allotted for general questions and discussion.

Abstracts are due March 18, 2019. Please submit a structured abstract of no more than 3000 characters (approximately 500 words) with the headers: Background and Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions. A small scientific committee will select the papers for presentation. Notifications will be made by April 1, 2019.

Submit abstracts at:


For questions, please contact the planning committee.

 Joanne Spetz, University of California San Francisco,
Michelle McIsaac, World Health Organization
Matteo Ruggeri, Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Diane Skåtun, University of Aberdeen
Bianca Frogner, University of Washington
Ulrike Muench, University of California San Francisco
Michael Simon, University of Basel, Switzerland

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The International Health Economics Association was formed to increase communication among health economists, foster a higher standard of debate in the application of economics to health and health care systems, and assist young researchers at the start of their careers.

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