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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.

Call for Nominations for the 2020 iHEA Annual Student Paper Prize is now Closed!

The International Health Economics Association (iHEA) is pleased to invite nominations for the Annual Student Paper Prize in Health EconomicsNominations should include a brief letter of nomination (250 words max) and a copy of the paper (preferably pdf).

A student is defined as someone currently studying (full or part time) at a higher education institution, at either Masters or Doctoral level. In addition, students who have completed their studies in the year previous to the announcement qualify as long as the paper was written while registered as a student.


Papers can be published or unpublished, but must be in comparable format to a published paper in Journal of Health Economics or Health Economics, of maximum length 8,000 words.  Self nomination is acceptable. Papers should be in English. If a submitted paper has more than one author, the student contribution must be at least 75% overall and an accompanying letter must be signed by co-authors to support this, stating the nature of their contribution (conceptualization, analysis, writing etc.). A joint student paper with 50-50 contributions is acceptable.  Previous winners are not eligible.


Papers will be reviewed by an International Committee chaired by Professor Bruce Hollingsworth.


The Prize will be subsidized travel and attendance at the 2021 iHEA Congress in Cape Town to present the paper in a Student Prize Special Organised Session chaired by the iHEA President, or Chair of the Prize Committee; the equivalent of US$1,000; and the offer (if the author wishes, and the paper is unpublished) of potential fast track publication in Health Economics, subject to Editorial approval.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 will receive the equivalent of US$250 each and free registration (but not travel) at the 2021 Cape Town iHEA Congress. They will be invited to give brief presentations at the iHEA Congress Student Prize Special Organized Session.  


Please submit nominations, and address queries by email to:

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)
Mustafa Karakus (WESTAT)
Veronica Lagos (Universidad de 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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