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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.

2019 Prize Winners

On behalf of the Committee, we are very pleased to announce the 2019 Prize is being awarded to the student paper by Monica Aswani "Differential Impact of Hospital and Community Factors on Medicare Readmission Penalties. The paper seeks to identify characteristics and sources of regional heterogeneity associated with readmission penalties. Using a hierarchical model it finds if readmission risk adjustment does not include any community level characteristics or geographic controls, the resulting endogeneity bias has the potential to disparately penalize providers.

Honorable mentions go to the 2nd placed paper by by Barton Willage "The effect of weight on mental health: New evidence using genetic IVs, and third placed paper by Panka Bencsik "Stress on the sidewalk: The mental health costs of close proximity crime.


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)
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)
Raf van Gestel (Erasmus University, Netherlands)
Dominika Wranik (Dalhousie University, Canada)


Previous Student Prize winners




Mujaheed Shaikh and Tobias Muller (Austria/Switzerland),Your retirement and my health behavior: Evidence on retirement externalities from a fuzzy regression discontinuity design.


Raf Van Gestel (University of Antwerp) and TobiasMüller(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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