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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.

2020 iHEA Annual Student Paper Prize Winners Announced!

This year, 34 papers from 14 countries were assessed by the Prize Committee. 


There was a tie for the 2020 First Prize, so we are awarding two prizes:

  • To Jill Furzer “ADHD Misidentification in school: Causes and mitigators”.  The paper finds being young for grade, or male, generates some over assessment, with under assessment of the oldest in grade, especially females, driving the school starting age gap in identification.  Teacher special education mitigates these assessment errors.  

  • And to William Schpero “The long run effect of medicaid on receipt of public assistance”.  This paper examines the long-run effect of receiving Medicaid as a child on the receipt of means-tested public assistance in adulthood, finding that the increase in Medicaid eligibility in childhood was not associated with significant changes in receipt of medical, cash, or non-cash public assistance in later life. Subgroups exposed to the greatest increases in Medicaid eligibility exhibited later life decreases in non-cash assistance of 2 to 3 percentage points.


Honourable mentions go to the runners up, where we are also awarding two prizes: to Yangkeun Yun “Small scale rural water supply, typhoid eradication, and human capital development”.  The paper, using the case of Korea in the 1960s, investigates the effects of small-scale water supply interventions on population health and human capital formation in the long term, and shows that eliminating early-life exposure to typhoid fever was beneficial to human capital formation.  And to Kevin Wood  “Health insurance reform and retirement: evidence from the affordable care act.  The paper estimates if the Affordable Care Act in the USA has led to an increase in retirement among older individuals who are utilizing the newly available coverage options as a substitute for employerprovided insurance, finding a decrease in labour force participation.


The prize winners will present their papers at a special session of the 2021 iHEA Congress. Many thanks to all those who submitted papers for consideration, and to the Prize Committee for all their hard work. The next call for submissions will be issued later in 2020.

Previous Prize Winners

The 2018 and 2019 Student Prize Winners were recognized at the 2019 iHEA Congress in Basel, Switzerland.

To view the recording of the Student Prize Paper Session that took place at the 2019 Basel Congress, click here

Pictured: Mujaheed Shaikh & Tobias Muller, 2018
first prize winners and Winnie Yip, iHEA

Pictured: Ana Rodriguez-Gonzalez & Ana Maria 
Costa-Ramon,2018 second prize winners and
Winnie Yip, iHEA President-Elect


Pictured: Adrian Rubli & Marianne Tenand, 2018 third
prize winners and Winnie Yip, iHEA President-Elect 

Pictured: Monica Aswani, 2019 first prize winner
and Winnie Yip, iHEA President-Elect

Pictured: Panka Bencsik, 2019 third prize winner and
Winnie Yip, iHEA President-Elect



Student Prize Committee

Chairperson: Bruce Hollingsworth (Lancaster University, UK)
Tinna Asgeirsdottir (University of Iceland)
Monica Aswani (University of Alabama, USA)
Ronelle Burger (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
Laura Di Giorgio (World Bank)
Emma Frew (University of Birmingham, UK)
Toshiaki Iizuka (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Rowena Jacobs (York University, UK)
Veronica Vargas (Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile)
Arturo Schweiger (Universidad Isalud, Argentina)
Peter Sivey (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology)
Raf van Gestel (Erasmus University, Netherlands)
Dominika Wranik (Dalhousie University, Canada)


Previous Student Prize winners




Monica Aswani, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Differential Impact of Hospital and Community Factors on Medicare Readmission Penalties.


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 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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