PhD defence of Hale Koç on Friday 11 March 2016

On Friday 11 March 2016 Hale Koç will defend her PhD thesis entitled 'Essays on Preventing Care and Health Behaviors'. Supervisors are Professor Tom van Ourti and Professor Owen O'Donnell (Erasmus School of Economics). Other members of the Doctoral Committee are Professor Bas Donkers (Erasmus School of Economics), Dr. Alexander Koolman (VU University Amsterdam) and Dr. Pieter van Baal (institute of Health Policy & Management (iBMG)).

About Hale Koç

Hale Koç obtained her bachelor's degree in Business Administration and master's degree in Economics grom Bogazici University, Turkey. After completing the Research Master program in Economics at Tilburg University, she continued her studies as a Ph.D. researcher at the Applied Economics Department of Erasmus School of Economics and Tinbergen Institute.

Abstract of 'Essays on Preventing Care and Health Behaviors'

This thesis consists of several studies that seek to understand different aspects of prevention and health behaviors from a health economist's perspective. According to one study, differences in mammogram use among women from different educational backgrounds in the United States are related to differences in access to health care that are determined by income, insurance coverage and receipt of medical advice. Another study underlines the large role that differences in nutrition knowledge play in driving differences in dietary behavior across education groups. Finally, one study illustrates the potential of information provision via physician recommendations in encouraging healthy behaviors among the chronically ill.

More information

Hale Koç conducted her doctoral research at the Tinbergen Institute. The Tinbergen Institute is a joint research institute of Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Amsterdam and Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of VU University Amsterdam.

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