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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

ASHEcon Update

by sinan
Anthony LoSasso

It feels a little like the calm before the storm of the coming ASHEcon2018 meeting at Emory. But there is a lot happening behind the scenes here! There will be exciting and important announcements to come soon from ASHEcon. In the meantime, we are pleased to be assisting in receiving your abstracts for the 2018 AEA/ASSA meeting on behalf of HERO, iHEA, and… ourselves! We are excited that for the first time ASHEcon will have its own session in the ASSA meeting next year. We are accepting submissions until May 1:

As noted, we are preparing for ASHEcon2018 at Emory. The call for abstracts will be released in September. We will be casting a wide net for volunteers to help with scientific review and many other aspects of the meeting. Stay tuned!

Finally, it was great seeing everyone at the AEA meetings this past January! We had a great turnout at the luncheon and our speaker Amy Finkelstein was fantastic. We are always open for suggestions for speakers you would like to hear to from in future luncheons. Just drop me an email. For that matter, we are always interested in hearing your suggestions on how ASHEcon can do more for you!

Thanks for your continued support of ASHEcon!

Apr 17 17

Interview with Amy Finkelstein about Oregon Health Insurance Experiment

by sinan
Amy Finkelstein

1) What are the key results from your work on the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment?

The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment is a randomized evaluation of the impact of extending Medicaid to low-income, uninsured adults. In 2008 the state of Oregon ran a lottery to offer Medicaid to some low-income uninsured adults but not others who signed up on the lottery list. My co-PI Kate Baicker of the Harvard School of Public Health and I have been working with a large team of collaborators in academia, the state of Oregon, and the health care system to use this lottery to study the impact of Medicaid on a wide range of outcomes. We study the impact of Medicaid in the first two years of coverage; after that the state offered Medicaid to individuals who had lost the lottery.

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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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