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Below you will find all upcoming webinars, including registration links, as well as information and recordings from past webinars. Webinars are free for members and non-members to attend.

Upcoming Webinars

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020
8:00 AM ET -
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Will COVID-19 derail progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
Sue Horton

This webinar will have simultaneous translation from English to French, made possible by a grant from the IDRC.

Achieving the SDGs was always a very ambitious project, with its 17 goals and 169 targets. This compares to the 8 goals and 27 targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Estimates of the costs of meeting the SDGs are USD 6 trillion – 7% of world GDP. This shift “from billions to trillions” (to quote Jim Kim) requires new approaches. It would be essential to shift from relying on official development assistance to other forms of innovative finance such as expanded philanthropy from the super-rich, blended finance, Development Impact Bonds and impact investment.

Will the COVID-19 pandemic shift priorities among the SDGs? Will it derail progress? How will COVID-19 change the international governance architecture responsible for achieving the goals? While this webinar will not answer these difficult questions, it aims to provoke discussion.

Monday, June 1st, 2020
8:00 AM ET
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An Introduction to the Construction of Discrete Choice Experiments
Deborah Street

Hosted by the Health Preference Research SIG

Discrete choice experiments (DCEs) are a popular stated preference tool in health-related areas. In a typical choice experiment respondents are presented with a scenario in which a choice must be made, and a set of possible options (a choice set). The options are described by a number of attributes, each of which takes a specific level in each option. Respondents are assumed to make utility-maximising decisions, the utility is assumed to have a deterministic component which is a function of the attributes and levels, and the goal of the DCE is to model how the attribute levels affect respondent choices.

The design problem for DCEs is simply stated: which options should be presented together in a choice set, and which choice sets should be presented together to make a choice experiment.

After discussing the basic features of a DCE, this talk will outline how a set of possible DCEs can be compared and ordered from best to worst. We will then go on to discuss how to construct generator-developed designs, a robust approach to obtaining DCEs. Various algorithmic constructions for DCEs have been proposed and these will be briefly outlined.

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
8:00 AM ET
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Estimating the costs of COVID-19: health systems, households and opportunity costs
: Anna Vassall

This webinar will have simultaneous translation from English to French, made possible by a grant from the IDRC.

Covid-19 and its response are substantially impacting both the magnitude and distribution of health related costs. Shifts in expenditure and resource use incur opportunity costs within both health providers and households. Estimating and forecasting these rapidly changing patterns is challenging, yet essential for governments trying to plan an effective response. This webinar will present preliminary costs from a range of low- and middle- income settings, as a springboard to encourage discussion on the key challenges ahead.

How should we address perspective? How can we best link to and reflect epidemiological forecasts and uncertainty? How can economists characterise the real world response, taking into account capacity constraints? How can we use existing data to inform our estimates? How can we capture the complexity of household spending during a pandemic?


Past Webinars

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020
Methods for incorporating equity into economic evaluation
Richard Cookson; Stéphane Verguet 

Hosted by the Equity informative economic evaluation SIG

CLICK HERE to view Richard's slides | CLICK HERE to view Stéphanes slides


Tuesday, May 12th, 2020
Considerations for future SARS-CoV-2 vaccines: a private sector perspective
Dr. Craig Roberts

Hosted by the Immunization Economics SIG

CLICK HERE to view the presentation slides.


Wednesday, May 6th, 2020
How are countries mobilizing and protecting the health workforce in response to COVID-19?
: Michelle McIsaac, Matteo Ruggeri, Bishnu Gautam, Joanne Spetz
Moderator: Bianca Frogner

Presented by the Health Workforce SIG


Friday, April 24, 2020
Assessing technical efficiency of health systems and programs: A discussion of traditional and new approaches
Speakers: Cathy Cantelmo; Arin Dutta; David Khaoya; Rebecca Ross

Presented by the Health Systems' Efficiency SIG

CLICK HERE to view the presentation slides.


Thursday, April 9th, 2020
Measuring financial protection for chronic illness in low-and middle-income countries
Adrianna Murphy

Presented by the Financing for Universal Health Coverage SIG


Thursday, April 2, 2020
Economics of COVID-19: Exploring key issues of impact on the economy
: Richard Smith
Chair: Winnie Yip

CLICK HERE to view the presentation slides.


Friday, February 21, 2020
Trajectories of Care at the End of Life: Implications for Health Systems with Ageing Populations
: Heather McLeod

Presented by the Economics of Palliative and End-of-Life Care SIG (EPEC)

CLICK HERE to view the presentation slides and HERE to view the policy brief on Trajectories of Care at the End of Life in New Zealand.

Thursday, February 20, 2020
Leveraging DICE Simulation for Modelling Obesity
: J. Jamie Caro, MDCM FRCPC FACP

Presented by the Economics of Obesity Special Interest Group


Friday, November 29, 2019
Assessing country UHC performance relative to spending: a DEA investigation
Matthew Jowett, PhD. Senior Health Financing Specialist, Dept. Health Systems Governance & Financing, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland:  Gabriela Flores, PhD. Health Economist, Economic Analysis and Evaluation (EAE), Health Systems and Innovation, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.

CLICK HERE to view the presentation slides.


Friday, October 4, 2019
Assessing country progress in health financing: a qualitative approach
Speakers: Matthew Jowet, PhD, Senior Health Financing Specialist, WHO - Geneva; Soonman Kwon, PhD, Professor and Former Dean of the School of Public Health, Seoul National University

Presented by the Financing for Universal Health Coverage SIG

Click here & here to view the Presentation Slides. 


Friday, September 27, 2019
Another take on the efficiency question? Wasteful spending on health -- insights from OECD countries
Speaker: Agnès Couffinhal, PhD. Senior Economist, Health, Nutrition and Population division, The World Bank

CLICK HERE to view the presentation slides.

Friday, April 5, 2019
Adult vs. Adolescent Preferences for EQ-5D-Y Health States 
Speaker: Koonal Shah, Health Economist and Associate Director at the Office of Health Economics (London, UK)


Friday, March 29, 2019
Health System's performance: how to measure it and why?
Speaker: Zeynep Or, Research Director, The Institute for Research and Information in Health Economics

CLICK HERE to view the presentation slides.


Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Strategic purchasing for universal health coverage: theory and practice
Speakers: Inke Mathauer; Gemini Mtei; Ahmed Khalifa, Elina Dale (click on the speakers name to access their presentation slides)


Friday, March 15, 2019
"If you don't manage your time, someone else will": Yes, but how?
Speaker: Richard Smith, University of Exeter

CLICK HERE to view the presentation slides.


Wednesday, December 12, 2019
Health Results-based Financing at the World Bank – What have we learned so far about Effects, Equity, and Spillovers?
Speaker: Jeffrey Tanner, World Bank

CLICK HERE to view the presentation slides.


Friday, November 30, 2018
High Costs in End-of-Life Care: An Alternative Economic Perspective
Peter May, Trinity College Dublin (@petermay_tcd)

CLICK HERE to view the presentation slides.



Friday, September 28, 2018
Arrow Award Winner, Marika Cabral
Speaker: Marika Cabral 

CLICK HERE to view the presentation slides. 



Friday, September 21, 2018
Bridging the Gap Between Research and Policy for Early Career Researchers in Health Economics
Speaker: Diane McIntyre

CLICK HERE to view the presentation slides


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