Stephanie von Hinke appointed Endowed Professor of Health Economics

Erasmus School of Economics

As of 1 March 2018, Dr Stephanie von Hinke has been appointed an Endowed Professor of Health Economics at Erasmus School of Economics through the Erasmus Trustfonds. Within the broad field of health economics, her research focuses on genes and behavior.

Stephanie’s research covers two main areas. First, she is interested in the economics of obesity, diet and nutrition, looking at both potential causes and consequences of the recent rise in body weight, as well as at evaluating ways to improve dietary choices. Second, she examines the use of genetic data in economics research. This interdisciplinary work includes policy-relevant applications, looking at genetic and environmental determinants of health and education, as well as methodological research using Mendelian randomization.

As a faculty member of her home institution, the University of Bristol, Stephanie von Hinke already has strong ties with Erasmus School of Economics due to a collaboration in the NORFACE research programme “Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life-course” (DIAL). This research project, which is led by Associate Professor Dr Hans van Kippersluis of Erasmus School of Economics, focuses on combining methods from genetics and social science to investigate the interplay between genes and the environment in producing inequalities in education and health outcomes.

Stephanie von Hinke has a strong list of publications. She has published both sole- and co-authored papers in leading international journals, such as The Economic Journal, European Economic Review and the Journal of Health Economics). Her papers have already been cited around 300 times.

Her research has also contributed to societal discussions. For instance, her research on whether adolescents smoke to control their body weight featured, amongst others, in The Economist and on the Freakonomics website. Research on the effect of maternal employment on children’s body weights was covered in many online and print articles, including the Financial Times, Daily Telegraph and the Guardian.

About Stephanie von Hinke          

Stephanie von Hinke is a Reader in Economics at the University of Bristol. Her main research interests are in health economics and applied microeconometrics. Prior to her position at Bristol, she held an MRC Early Career Fellowship in the Economics of Health (2011-2014) at the University of York, and an ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Imperial College London (2009-2011). Stephanie is a Research Associate at the Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO, 2009 –), at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS; 2013 –), and has held visiting positions at Cornell University, IFS, and VU University Amsterdam.


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