HE Team


Dr. Teresa Bago d'Uva

Her main research interests lie in the areas of health economics, microeconometrics, measurement of biases in self-reported health and inequalities in health and health care utilisation. Current projects include the measurement of inequality of opportunities in health, analysis of determinants of long-term care expenditures, assessment of validity of vignettes approach to correction of reporting heterogeneity.

Dr. Pilar García Gómez

Her research interests are on topics in health economics and microeconometrics. The research questions she is currently interested in are related to i) the causal analysis of health and labour market outcomes and how this is modified by the institutional setting; ii) the evaluation of reforms in the disability insurance in the Netherlands; iii) how care is provided to elderly dependent individuals and the effects that providing informal care has on female labour participation; iv) the measurement of inequality of opportunities in health and health care.

Prof. Dr. Owen O'Donnell

Owen O’Donnell is a Professor of Applied Economics in the Erasmus School of Economics and Associate Professor at the University of Macedonia (Greece), as well as a Research Fellow of the Tinbergen Institute and NETSPAR. His research is mainly concerned with health inequality, equity in health care and medical expenditure risk in developing countries. He has published in journals including the Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Public Economics and the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. He is a co-author of Analyzing Health Equity Using Household Survey Data published by the World Bank. He has co-directed two European Union funded research projects on equity in the finance and provision of health care in Asia, and has been a consultant to the World Bank and UNICEF. He obtained his doctorate from the University of York and has held visiting positions at the University of Lausanne and the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a faculty appointment at the University of Kent. He is co-organiser of the European Workshops on Econometrics and Health Economics and an Associate Editor of Health Economics.

Dr. Carlos Riumallo-Herl

Carlos Riumallo-Herl is a postdoctoral researcher at Erasmus University working under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Eddy van Doorslaer, Dr. Tom van Ourti, and Dr. Johan Mackenbach. His main interest lie in health economics, labor economics, and development economics. In particular his work addresses the social and economic determinants of health inequities, focusing particularly on the elderly.

Prof. Dr. Eddy van Doorslaer

His main research topic is international comparisons of equity in health and health care. Jointly with Professor Maarten Lindeboom of the Free University of Amsterdam, he coordinates a research theme on “Income, health and labor across the life cycle” funded by the NETSPAR Research Programme. Jointly with Owen O’Donnell he directs a research project on Urbanization, health and inequality funded by IHS. Eddy Van Doorslaer is also coordinating a European Union 7th Framework project titled 'Health Equity and Financial Protection in Asia' (HEFPA).  This project is a collaboration between 5 European Institutions, the World Bank and 6 Asian Institutes (Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam).

Dr. Raf van Gestel

Raf Van Gestel is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Health Economics. His research focus lies in applying econometric methods to a variety of health economic issues. Recent work centers around different types of physician learning in healthcare and on the take-up and impact of beneficial health insurance. Most of his current projects consider the time-varying nature of treatment effects. For example: what effect does the introduction of Pay-for-Performance have from year to year, and how do health shocks affect employment over time. Raf Van Gestel did his PhD at the University of Antwerp and is since recently involved in the EuHEA Early Career Committee.

Dr. Hans van Kippersluis

Hans van Kippersluis is an Associate Professor in Health Economics. He has used both theoretical and empirical approaches to study topics in human capital formation: (i) how do different components of human capital (e.g., education, health) relate to each other and interact with each other (e.g., why are higher educated individuals healthier than lower educated? Why do rich people smoke less?); (ii) What are the genetic and environmental determinants of education and health?, and (iii) What is the effect of public policies on education and health? Current projects include investigating the interplay between genes and the environment in producing inequalities in education and health outcomes, developing and testing incentives to encourage healthy behavior, and investigating the impact of public policies on health, education and labor supply decisions.

Prof. Dr. ir. Jan C. van Ours

Jan van Ours is professor of applied economics. He is also professorial fellow at the Department of Economics, University of Melbourne, fellow of Tinbergen Institute, IZA fellow and CEPR fellow. Jan studied mining engineering at the Technical University in Delft and economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he also got his Ph.D (1986). He has published in journals like American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Labor Economics, Economic Journal, European Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Health Economics, and Health Economics. In 1996 he was awarded with the Hicks-Tinbergen medal of the European Economic Association (joint with Geert Ridder). In 2009 he was President of the European Society of Population Economics. From 2011-2014 he was President of the European Association of Labour Economists. His current research is on imperfect labor markets, health, cannabis use, happiness and football.

Prof. Dr. Tom van Ourti

Tom Van Ourti is an endowed professor of applied health economics with a focus on health and inequality. His main research interest is the socio-economic health gradient, including measurement theory of health inequalities, applied work on the drivers of the gradient in the developed and developing world. He also works on the determinants of preventive care usage, and the rise of obesity in China. He has published in journals including the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, and the Bulletin of the World Health Organisation. He obtained his PhD from the University of Antwerp and has held a visiting position at the university of Melbourne. Since 2009, he is the coordinator of the master Health Economics of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.


Dr. Titus Galama

Titus Galama, Ph.D., MBA, is a Senior Economist at the University of California (USC) Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR), Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. He has developed a theoretical framework for understanding disparities in health by socioeconomic status and an analytic human capital model to investigate the economics of health and retirement. At the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Galama was a Fairchild Postdoctoral Prize Fellow. Galama received his Ph.D. in physics (1999) from the University of Amsterdam, an M.B.A. (2003) from INSEAD (France/Singapore) and a Ph.D. in economics (2011) from the University of Tilburg.

Prof. Dr. Stephanie von Hinke

Stephanie von Hinke is an Endowed Professor of Health Economics, with a focus on genes and behaviour. She is also a Reader in Economics at the University of Bristol, and a Research Associate at the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London. Her main research covers two areas of interest: the economics of obesity, diet and nutrition, and the use of genetic data in economics research. Prior to the Erasmus School of Economics, she held an MRC Early Career Fellowship in the Economics of Health at the University of York, and an ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Imperial College London. She has also held visiting positions at Cornell University, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and VU University Amsterdam.

PhD students

M.Sc. Max Coveney

Max Coveney is a PhD candidate at Erasmus University working under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Eddy van Doorslaer, Dr. Pilar García Gómez and Dr. Tom Van Ourti. His main interests lie in health economics, microeconometrics and development economics. His current work is concerned with health inequalities and the financial crisis in Europe.

M.Phil. Silvia Garcia Mandico

Silvia Garcia Mandico is a PhD candidate at the Erasmus University, working under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Owen O'Donnell and Dr. Pilar Garcia Gomez. Her main interests are microeconometrics, health and labor economics. She is currently involved in the evaluation of Disability Insurance policies. 

M.Phil. Evgenia Kudymowa 

Evgenia Kudymowa is a PhD candidate at Erasmus University and Tinbergen Institute, supervised by Prof. Dr. Eddy van Doorslaer and Dr. Ellen van de Poel. Her main research interests are health, development and behavioral economics and impact evaluation.

M.Sc. Rita Pereira

Rita Pereira is a PhD candidate at Erasmus University and Tinbergen Institute, supervised by Prof. Dr. Eddy van Doorslaer and Dr. Hans van Kippersluis. Her research is focused on inequality in terms of health and education. Particularly, she assesses the role of genetics and the environment on these two outcome variables.

M.Phil. Sara Rellstab

Sara Rellstab is a PhD candidate at Erasmus University and Tinbergen Institute, supervised by Prof. Dr. Eddy van Doorslaer, Dr. Pilar Garcia Gomez and Dr. Pieter Bakx. Her main interests lie in micrcoeconometrics, aging and long-term care.

M.Phil. Joaquim Vidiella Martin

Joaquim Vidiella Martin is a PhD candidate at Erasmus University and Tinbergen Institute, working under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Tom van Ourti and Prof. Dr. Eddy van Doorslaer. His main interests lie in health economics and microeconometrics. He is currently studying the links between socio-economic factors and health inequalities.