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7th Biennial Conference of the
American Society of Health Economists

June 10 – June 13, 2018

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Dec 6 16

Dean of the School of Public Health University of Illinois at Chicago

by charmaine

Nominations and applications are invited for the position of Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

UIC, the largest public research university located in the metropolitan Chicago area, is a major contributor to the economic, academic and healthcare vitality of the city. UIC has a budget of $2.095 billion and with more than $313 million in annual research awards (FY16), UIC ranks among the leading universities in federal research funding. The campus serves a diverse student population of 29,000 with a faculty and staff of 15,603 and is designated a Minority, Hispanic, and Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institution. UIC programs span the arts, business, education, humanities, basic, social and health sciences, engineering and technology, social work, urban planning and public policy. The School of Public Health, the only fully-accredited School of Public Health in Illinois, contributes significantly to the research activity of UIC, and links closely to other UIC colleges and care delivery system.

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Dec 6 16

CDC Steven M. Teutsch Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship

by charmaine

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recruiting to fill approximately 10 PE Fellowship positions for 2017.

Applicants must have a doctoral degree in economics, decision sciences, health services research or related health sciences, industrial engineering, operations research, public policy, or related quantitatively-oriented fields. Non-US citizens are encouraged to apply. All doctoral degree requirements must be completed by 7/14/2017.

The starting annual salary is approximately $73,000 plus full Federal benefits. The application period is now open and closes 1/27/2017. he 2017 fellowship class begins on 8/21/2017 with an intensive orientation and training program. Interested individuals should apply online at: www.cdc.gov/pef. For more information about the PE Fellowship, please contact Adam G. Skelton, PhD, MPH, [email protected], 404-861-3882.

Dec 2 16

News from the Executive Director

by sinan
Anthony LoSasso

We at ASHEcon are very excited about the upcoming Allied Social Science Association meetings here in Chicago (home of the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs!). For those of you planning on attending the meetings, please join us at our ASHEcon Luncheon on Friday January 6, 2017 at 12:30pm in the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Crystal C room. Our very special speaker will be MIT Professor Amy Finkelstein. She will be discussing “The Impact of Expanding Medicaid: Evidence from the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment”.

You can register (and pay the modest $35 copay) at ashecon.org/2016/11/ashecon/2017-luncheon-at-assa/.

The deadline to register is Friday December 30th.

In addition to the luncheon, ASHEcon and iHEA are co-sponsoring our annual cocktail reception for Members and Friends. This event will be held Friday January 6, 6:00pm at the Hyatt in the Plaza A room. Please stop by to say hello!

As always, we welcome your input and comments on our newsletter. If you have anything you would like say or ideas for content, we welcome input from our members!

Thanks for your continued support of ASHEcon!

Dec 2 16

Electronic Cigarettes: Open Questions in an Evolving Market

by sinan
Abigail Sarah Friedman

Abigail S. Friedman
Department of Health Policy and Management
Yale School of Public Health

Electronic cigarettes entered the U.S. market ten years ago, yet the consequences of this entry remain hotly debated today. Are e-cigarettes a disruptive technology that will reduce use of traditional tobacco products, or a new way to foment addiction that will increase costly tobacco use? As of 2014, 12.6% of U.S. adults had tried an e-cigarette, and just over a quarter of these identified as current users (Delnevo et al., 2016). Considering youths, 2015 data indicate that 16% of high school students had used an e-cigarette at least once in the 30 days before interview, though it is not clear how much of this reflects passing experimentation (Singh et al., 2016). Both the U.S. and U.K. have implemented new regulations and review processes for these products, yet implications for consumer health and the market as a whole remain unclear.

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Dec 2 16

AJHE NewsBrief: Risk Beliefs and Preferences for E-Cigarettes

by sinan
W. Kip Viscusi

W. Kip Viscusi
Vanderbilt University

American Journal of Health Economics 2(2): 13-240, 2016

The emergence of electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes, has generated regulatory interest throughout the world. Should regulatory policies encourage use of e-cigarettes or discourage their use? What role, if any, do warnings have to play? Compared to conventional cigarettes, e-cigarettes are several orders of magnitude safer since they do not involve the burning of tobacco. Instead, they are lithium-ion battery-powered devices that generate a nicotine vapor by vaporizing a propylene glycol/nicotine fluid. Although e-cigarettes generate starkly lower levels of nitrosamines and toxic chemicals than conventional cigarettes, they do serve as a delivery device for nicotine. How economists and policymakers should conceptualize the appropriate role of governmental regulation of e-cigarettes depends in part on the existence and nature of any market failure.

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Dec 2 16

No Shortage of Data: A Health Economist at the U.S. Census Bureau

by sinan
Victoria Udalova

Victoria Udalova
U.S. Census Bureau

Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily those of the U.S. Census Bureau.

In 2015, after completing my Ph.D. in economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I started my career as a health economist at the U.S. Census Bureau. The Census Bureau collects data on a wide range of demographic, social, economic, and housing characteristics of the U.S. population in its various surveys and censuses. Census is a very large agency with many areas, but all share a common goal of producing high quality data. I first started as an economist in the Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division where, in addition to conducting independent research, I managed the production of the health insurance content of the Survey of Income and Program Participation. In this role, I learned about the development of survey questions, testing of survey instruments, and reviewing and editing of raw data before public release. I was also able to observe survey data collection first hand when I shadowed a Census field representative as she interviewed households for a survey. I enjoyed being behind the scenes and learning the survey production process while simultaneously conducting research using these datasets.

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Nov 28 16

ASHEcon Luncheon at the Chicago ASSA Meetings

by sinan
Speaker:
Amy Finkelstein, MIT
Title:
The Impact of Expanding Medicaid: Evidence from the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment
Date & time:
Friday, January 6, 2017, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Location:
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Crystal C

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Nov 17 16

Assistant or Associate Professor, Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, and HIV

by charmaine

The Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, and HIV (CHERISH) located in the Department of Healthcare Policy & Research at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City invites applicants with a record of significant research accomplishments in the health economics and policy of substance use disorders for a faculty position.

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Nov 17 16

Department Head, Health Policy and Administration, Penn State

by charmaine

The Department of Health Policy and Administration (HPA), in the College of Health and Human Development (HHD), invites applicants for the position of Department Head, ideally to start August 2017 although the start date is negotiable. We seek a leader with the vision and energy to promote excellence in the teaching, research, and outreach missions of an interdisciplinary department dedicated to developing leaders and generating new knowledge to improve health and health care. Qualifications include an exemplary record of scholarship and external funding, consistent with having developed a national reputation in one’s field of study, and a PhD in a discipline relevant to HPA including, but not limited to, health services research, population health, management, economics, sociology, demography, public policy or administration; and eligibility for appointment as a tenured full professor including individuals currently at the advanced associate level.

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Oct 18 16

Assistant Professor Tenure Track Faculty, Department of Health Services Administration and Policy, College of Public Health, Temple University

by sinan

Temple University College of Public Health, a multidisciplinary academic center devoted to an innovative educational and research environment that brings a transdisciplinary perspective of health, wellness and social welfare, is seeking early career health policy and services researchers to join the newly established Temple University Department of Health Services Administration and Policy (HSAP).
We seek individuals committed to collaborative, interdisciplinary research who have early career success or promise in scholarship and research funding in health services research with training in health economics, organization/management theory, health policy or health finance. Research agendas may involve a mix of retrospective analyses and prospective studies focused primarily on critical national health challenges, such as cancer and related diseases/behaviors; mental health, substance abuse/addiction, and violence; and, aging and chronic disease.

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