ASHEcon 3rd Biennial Conference: Cornell on June 20-23 2010

Health, Healthcare & Behavior

3rd Biennial Conference of the
American Society of Health Economists

Dates: June 20-23, 2010
Location: Ithaca, New York
Venue: Duffield Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853

Sponsor: Cornell University, College of Human Ecology, Sloan Program
Co-Sponsors: Syracuse University and University of Rochester

Submitting Presentation

If you need to submit your presentation (either as a presenter or discussant), email them to Patrick at and include the Day, Session Title and Room in the email message. We will try to acknowledge receipt as quickly as possible.

PDF Version of the Print Program

You can download a copy of Print Program [PDF - 6 MB]. Please note that the online conference schedule has the most up-to-date information.

Getting to your Session Room: Floor Maps of the Conference Venue

Here is a PDF with the locations of the session rooms in the buildings which are part of the conference venue.

Draft Overview Schedule

A PDF version of the Draft Overview Schedule is now available [PDF - 33KB]

Online Schedule and Abstract Book

The online version of the 3rd Biennial Conference Schedule is now available

Session information for Chairs, Presenters and Discussants

Chairs should ensure that all participants keep to their allotted time. Except for those few sessions with 4 presentations the allocation is:

Presenter: 18 minutes each
Discussant: 7 minutes each
Questions: 15 minutes total

Unless there is a compelling reason, such as a late arriving or early departing presenter, please have the papers presented in the order that they are listed in the program.

Student helpers are assigned to session rooms (in some cases one student will cover 2 rooms.

They have had some training with the systems. In case of a malfunction, contact the student, who in turn will either attempt to solve the problem or will have direct access to the IT staff.


Full RefundsFebruary 28, 2010
Refund less $100 USD
administrative fee
March 1, 2010 -
April 30, 2010
March 1, 2010 -
June 9, 2010
No Refundsafter April 30, 2010
(substitutions acceptable)
after June 9, 2010
(substitutions acceptable)

Plenary Speakers


Kip Viscusi, University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics, and Management at Vanderbilt University, and Sherry Glied, Professor of Economics at Columbia University and nominee to be Assistant Secretary for Policy and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services, will be the speakers at the plenary sessions.

More information and bios on our Plenary Speakers

ASHEcon Presidential Address

Mike Grossman (CUNY Graduate Center and NBER will be making his ASHEcon Presidential address entitled: "It's Better to be the First or One of the First even if You're Wrong"

Room: Phillips 101

More information on Mike Grossman's ASHEcon Presidential Address

Special Session

NIH Grant Application Tips and Research Training Opportunities for Health Economists

Room: Hollister 206 [UPDATE]
Monday, June 21, 2010, 8:00 AM-9:00 AM

Although NIH has traditionally funded health economics studies, new NIH Director Francis Collins has identified science to benefit health reform, including health economics, as one of the five research areas that are ripe for major advances. This session focuses on helping economists make the most of NIH's interest in these areas. In the first part of the session, NIH program officials Dave Clark and Gregory Bloss will present tips economists can use to write stronger applications, particularly in this era of enhanced peer review. They will be joined in their discussion by W. David Bradford, current member of the Health Services Organization and Delivery (HSOD) study section. Then, NIH program official Agnes Rupp will review the types of research training programs that are available at NIH, highlighting those that are most relevant for economists.

Moderator: Sarah Q. Duffy, PhD, Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health

"Writing a Strong NIH Grant Application: Tips for Economists"
David B. Clark, Dr.P.H., Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Branch National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research National Institutes of Health
Gregory Bloss, Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health

"NIH Training Opportunities for Economists"
Agnes Rupp, PhD, Financing and Research Methods Program, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health

Discussant: W. David Bradford, PhD,Busbee Chair of Public Policy, University of Georgia, Athens

FDA 101: Overview of Key Regulatory Challenges and Research Agenda

Room: Hollister 206
Monday, June 21, 2010, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM

This session will provide an overview of key regulatory provisions of FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. It will summarize important regulatory challenges facing CDER: Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), FDA Amendments Act (FDAAA) with its expanded post-marketing safety mandate, and the potential new user fees for generics (GDUFA?). The presentation will also present CDER's research priorities in health economics and a discussion of possible data sources. The 30-40 minute presentation will conclude with a Q&A session.

Presenter: Marta Wosinska, PhD, Director for Analysis Staff, Office of Planning and Analysis, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration

Pre-Conference Workshops

Economic Evaluation of Drugs, Devices and other Medical Interventions

Sunday, June 20, 2010, 8:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room: PHL 219, Phillips Hall
Faculty: Joel Hay
Cost: $100 USD
Workshop Details[PDF]

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Research Databases and Grant Funding Opportunities

Sunday, June 20, 2010, 9:00 AM-12:45 PM
Room: PHL 231, Phillips Hall
Faculty: Herbert Wong, Michael Hagan, Joel Cohen, and Sam Zuvekas (additional faculty TBA)
Cost: No Charge
Workshop Details[PDF]

Health Econometrics of Health Cost, Expenditure and Utilization Data

Sunday, June 20, 2010, 8:30 AM-5:30 PM
Room: PHL 203, Phillips Hall
Faculty: Partha Deb, Willard Manning, and Edward Norton, University of Michigan
Cost: $160 USD
Workshop Details[PDF]

Using National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Survey Data Linked to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and Death Certificate Records

Sunday, June 20, 2010, 1:00 PM-5:30 PM
Room: PHL 219, Phillips Hall
Faculty: Edward Sondik, Kimberly Lochner, Sandra Decker, Gina Livermore, Peter Meyer
Cost: No Charge
Workshop Details[PDF]

Hotels and Accommodations

More detail information available on the Hotels page ...

Getting to and From Ithaca

Information on Getting to and from the Cornell University Ithaca Campus (updated - May 18) [PDF - 74KB]

Attractions and tourism information at Visit Ithaca

Shuttle Bus bookings

Bookings for Shuttle service between Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport and Ithaca (approx. $15 one-way)

Bookings for Shuttle service between Syracuse Hancock International Airport and Ithaca ($65 one-way, and $95 round-trip)

Exhibitor Information

Exhibitor Rates
Shared TableN/AFree


More information can be found on the Exhibits and Exhibitor page.

All exhibit space registration closes on May 31, 2010. To register, contact Christopher Martin at or (902) 461-4432


Contact Christopher Martin at for availability of advertising opportunities and artwork specifications

Presentation Requirements

Presentation length: Irrespective of the number of abstracts, sessions are 1 hour and 30 minutes in total INCLUDING presentations, discussants, questions, preparation and wrap-up

Audio-visual Specifications

All session rooms come equipped with dedicated computer and a data projector. Due to time and resource limitations, presentations must be provided to our staff ahead of time so that it can be loaded into the appropriate room’s dedicated computer. Powerpoint and Adobe Acrobat Reader will be available on each dedicated computer. We ask that you ensure that your presentation is ready before loading since we will have a limited ability to deal with changes during the conference.


Specifications: Due to space limitations each poster is limited to a maximum dimension of 3 feet by 3 feet.

On each day posters may be put up as early as 8 AM and must be removed by 6 PM. Presenter's attendance at their posters is recommended during the posted break and lunch times, in addition to the specific 12:30 PM poster viewing time slot [CORRECTION].


Abstract/Session SubmissionJanuary 25, 2010 (closed)
Program inclusion announcementFebruary 15, 2010
Draft ProgramFebruary 28, 2010
Early Bird DeadlineFebruary 28, 2010
Presenter Registration
Confirmation Deadline
March 31, 2010
Program ChangesApril 30, 2010
Exhibit Space RequestsJune 9, 2010
On-Line Registration ClosesJune 9, 2010


Until February 28, 2010$395$450$750
March 1-June 9, 2010$545$600$750
After June 9$750$750$850

Accompanying persons (access to social events only): $75 before June 9, $100 after June 9.

Register Today!

All submitters needed either a 2009 ASHEcon membership (Individual - $50 or Student - $35) or the non-member submission fee ($150).