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7th Biennial Conference of the
American Society of Health Economists

June 10 – June 13, 2018

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Apr 17 17

AJHE NewsBrief: Have Cigarette Taxes Lost their Bite? New Estimates of the Relationship between Cigarette Taxes and Youth Smoking

by sinan
Benjamin Hansen, Daniel I. Rees, Joseph J. Sabia
Benjamin Hansen, University of Oregon, IZA and NBER
Daniel I. Rees, University of Colorado Denver and IZA
Joseph J. Sabia, University of New Hampshire and IZA

American Journal of Health Economics 3(1): 60–75, 2017

Since the late 1990s, the youth smoking participation rate has fallen dramatically, and is now at record-low levels.  According to Youth Risky Behavior Survey (YRBS) data, 36 percent of high school students reported smoking in the previous month in 1997.  By 2015, only 11 percent of high school students reported smoking in the previous month. 

Over the same period, cigarette taxes increased substantially.  In 1997, the combined state and federal tax was, on average, $0.62 per pack.  By 2014, this figure had gone up to $2.56, and taxes made up almost 44% of the total price of a pack of cigarettes1.

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Apr 17 17

Directions in the Economics of Smoking

by sinan
Philip DeCicca, Donald Kenkel, Michael Lovenheim and Erik Nesson
Philip DeCicca, Ball State University
Donald Kenkel, Cornell University
Michael Lovenheim, Cornell University
Erik Nesson, Ball State University

Smoking prevention has been a key component of health policy in the United States since the Surgeon General’s report roughly half of a century ago. Public policies intended to reduce the harm from smoking include cigarette taxation, place-specific smoking bans, and anti-smoking informational campaigns. Despite recent policy intensity, academic research is mixed regarding whether, and to what extent, the observed reductions in smoking over time are due to policies or are part of more general trends. The publication of the Hansen, Sabia and Rees (2017) article by the American Journal of Health Economics (AJHE) provides impetus to review, albeit very briefly, important directions in research on the economics of smoking.

We focus on the period since the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) between the tobacco industry and state attorneys general. Chaloupka and Warner (2000) provide a comprehensive review of the older research literature, which mainly used aggregate time series data or data from single cross sections to estimate models of cigarette demand. The more recent research exploits the greater availability of detailed micro data on smoking behavior, such as the Tobacco Use Supplements to the Current Population Survey (CPS), the Nielsen Homescan Consumer Panel, and the Behavioral Risk Factor and Surveillance System (BRFSS). Recent research also exploits the extensive policy variation that has occurred since 1998. As a result, studies after 2000 tend to use stronger research designs, most notably difference-in-difference approaches surrounding state policy changes, to estimate the causal effects of public policies on smoking. The recent studies also use the detailed micro data that allow more detailed analyses of cross-group heterogeneity and tax avoidance behavior.

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Apr 14 17

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, University of San Francisco School of Pharmacy

by charmaine

The UCSF School of Pharmacy, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, is seeking two full-time faculty members at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor rank. The Department is seeking candidates with expertise in pharmacoeconomics and/or health outcomes research to work in the Department’s Medication Outcomes Center. The UCSF School of Pharmacy has been the national leader in NIH research funding for 36 years, and is widely recognized for innovation in pharmacy practice and education.

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Mar 21 17

Exclusive Datasets from Vericred and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Now Available for Free to Researchers

by charmaine

Healthcare data services company Vericred has partnered with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to provide non-commercial researchers free access to comprehensive individual market provider network and prescription drug data, bringing new levels of transparency to health care. Researchers with non-commercial interests can get the free datasets at vericred.com/who-we-serve/researchers/.

These data are in addition to the coming soon 2017 HIX Compare+ that looks at nationwide marketplace plans.

Mar 17 17

USAID Global Health Fellows Program

by sinan

Global Health Fellows Program
Technical Advisor II/III: Health Economics Advisor
Systems and Program Sustainability Division, Office of HIV/AIDS, Bureau for
Global Health, United States Agency for International Development
Location: Arlington, VA
Assignment: Two year fellowship
GHFP-II-P6-225

The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP-II) is a cooperative agreement implemented and managed by the Public Health Institute in partnership with Global Health Corps, GlobeMed, Management Systems International and PYXERA Global. GHFP-II is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

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Mar 15 17

Call for Papers for ASSA 2018

by sinan

The American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon), the Health Economics Research Organization (HERO), and the International Health Economics Association (iHEA) are soliciting papers for presentation at the 2018 Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) annual meeting to be held in Philadelphia, PA on January 5-7, 2018 (Friday, Saturday, & Sunday). Based upon submitted abstracts, papers will be selected for 1 ASHEcon-organized session, 5 HERO-organized sessions, and 2 iHEA-organized sessions.

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Mar 15 17

Tenured Faculty Position, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

by charmaine

Health Equity Scholar
Department of Health Policy and Management

The Department of Health Policy and Management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health is seeking applicants for a tenured faculty position at the Associate or Full Professor level who is a nationally recognized population health researcher recognized for his/her work on vulnerable populations, broadly defined, including focus on low income, ethnic minority, and other underserved groups. We are particularly interested in individuals with expertise in population-focused social, behavioral, and policy relevant research; social and health policy and program evaluation; community-partnered research; comparative effectiveness; and implementation and dissemination science. Applicants must have a strong record of peer-reviewed publications and demonstrated capacity to secure extramural funding for research.

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Mar 15 17

New PhRMA Foundation $1 Million Value Assessment Initiative – Deadlines Approaching

by sinan

We are delighted to announce our new Value Assessment Initiative.

We have 3 separate award programs within this initiative and we will be awarding up to $1 Million in total.

For details on this program, please visit our website: www.phrmafoundation.org/2018-awards/value-assessment-initiative/

The deadlines for the letters of intent are:

  • Challenge Awards – March 27th
  • Research Awards – May 1st
  • Planning Awards/Center of Excellence – May 1st

Please share this information with anyone who may be interested in applying.

Contact us with specific questions at [email protected].

Mar 3 17

Health Economics Research Fellowships, Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics

by sinan

The Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics is now accepting applications for Health Economics Research Fellowships.

To stimulate innovative research that will deepen our understanding of health and health care markets and how they relate to the overall economy, the Becker Friedman Institute’s health economics research initiative awards funding to emerging scholars each year.

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Mar 3 17

Health Economist, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

by sinan

IMPACT TB Health Economist – (Ref 686-16)
Department of Clinical Sciences

Salary: £32,958 to £38,183 per annum
Full Time, Fixed Term to 31st December 2019

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