Essen Health Symposium

Celebrating Health Economics Research in Essen

Essen Health Symposium 24th October

In recent years, the City of Essen has evolved into an important location for academic research in health economics. The rise of health economics in Essen is mainly due to a very successful cooperation between the Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI) and the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Thanks to extensive international research networks; collaborations with representatives of the health care sector; and a number of successes in the acquisition of competitive research grants, a strong and dynamic research environment has evolved.

The Essen Health Symposium on 24 October 2016 has two specific reasons. First, CINCH, our national research centre for health economic research, has just been awarded a second four-year period of funding. Second, the Leibniz Association has granted Essen a Leibniz Science Campus devoted to health economics. Both programmes are joint ventures between the university of Duisburg-Essen and the RWI. Within CINCH, the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE) participates as an additional collaborating partner.

CINCH was selected by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as one out of four national centres for health economic research. Its research focuses on empirical and experimental studies of competition in the health care sector. Our Leibniz Science Campus is devoted to the health care challenges arising in ageing and declining regions. The symposium gathers several distinguished health economists in Essen and aims at making our research known to a broader audience. The keynote address on the topic of competition in the health care sector is given by Carol Propper (Imperial College), upon which two panel discussions follow on the topics “health care challenges in declining regions” and “experimental health economics”.

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2.00 p.m.Welcome address
2.30 p.m.Carol Propper Keynote: Competition in the health care sector. Lessons from the U.K.
3.45 p.m.Break
4.00 p.m.Panel discussion 1: Health care challenges in ageing and declining regions
5.15 p.m.Break
5.30 p.m.Panel discussion 2: Experimental health economics
7.00 p.m.Buffet

Keynote - Carol Propper

Carol Propper is a Professor of Economics at Imperial College Business School in the Organisation & Management Group.

Carol Proppers research interests focus on the impact of incentives on the quality of health care delivery and health system productivity and, more widely, on the design and consequences of incentives within the public sector and the boundary between the state and private markets.

She was Senior Economic Advisor to NHS Executive on Regulation of the NHS Internal Market 1993-4, Co-Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion at London School of Economics between 1997-2007, Co-Director and Director of the Centre for Market and Public Organisation between1998-2009. She has undertaken a wide range of public service activities including the Chair of the ESRC research grants board 2005-2009 and a member of the ESRC Council.

In 2010 Propper was awarded a CBE for her services to social science. The accolade recognises Carol’s research into public economics and economics of health care as well as her work with colleagues from other social science and medical disciplines. In 2014 she was elected as a fellow of the British Academy.

Her research has been published in a wide number of leading economics journals. In 2010 Propper and co-author John Van Reenan were awarded the International Health Economics Association Arrow Award for the best paper in health economics worldwide for their paper "Can Pay Regulation Kill?" JPE 118(21):222-273. In 2016 Carol Propper and co-authors Martin Gaynor and Rodrigo Moreno-Serra were awarded the American Economic Association Prize for the best paper published in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy in 2012-15.

For more Information please visit her Website at the Imperial College.


The event will take place on 24 October 2016 at the Glaspavillon, University of Duisburg-Essen:

Campus Essen (R12 S00 H12) Universitätsstr. 12, 45141 Essen