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EsCHER regularly organises seminars in which (inter) national health economists present their current research. These seminars are sponsored by the Tinbergen Institute.

For more information on upcoming seminars click here.

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Preference Laundering in Health Economics: Bias Correction and Deliberation

The workshop “Preference Laundering in Health Economics: Bias Correction and Deliberation” will take place on 9 December 2021 from 13:00 – 16:30 CET

Preference laundering, broadly construed, is concerned with restricting, modifying, or affecting the set of preferences to be used as basis for judgements about individual or social interest. As such, the notion has played an important role in both philosophy (as a conceptual analysis of well-being) and welfare economics (as a process aimed at improving the quality of the input used for welfare judgements). Surprisingly, given the relevance of preferences in health state valuation and reimbursement decisions in healthcare, the notion of preference laundering is infrequently discussed in the associated health economic literature. Nonetheless, several empirical and conceptual contributions have been made that may be considered to reflect preference laundering. The workshop will start by defining preference laundering and discuss how existing studies in health economics could be conceived as reflecting such laundering. Next, we will have two authors presenting example approaches, as well as the conceptual and methodological challenges that are part of those approaches. In an open discussion, opportunities and challenges of using preference laundering in health economics will be discussed.


13:00–13:40  Måns Abrahamson (ESPhil): An Introduction to Preference Laundering and Health State Valuation

13:50–14:30  Stefan Lipman (ESHPM): Bias Correction in Health State Valuation

Coffee break

15:00–15:40  Vivian Reckers-Droog (ESHPM): The Influence of Information and Deliberation on Societal Preferences for Healthcare Priority Setting

15:50–16:30  Open Discussion: Opportunities and Challenges for Preference Laundering in Health Economics


Date & time: December 9th, 13:00 – 16:30, 2021

Location: Hybrid format, at Campus Woudestein J7–55 (Bayle building) and online via Zoom (using this link).


If you would like to attend the workshop in person, please contact Måns Abrahamson at—a limited number of seats are available. NB: Due to the continuously changing Covid-19 situation, the workshop may come to be held entirely online, via Zoom.


This event is organised by Måns Abrahamson (Erasmus School of Philosophy) and Stefan Lipman (Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management) as part of the Erasmus Initiative ‘Smarter Choices for Better Health’.

EsCHER awards scholarships

Erasmus Centre for Health Economics Rotterdam (EsCHER) starts awarding scholarships to support excellent students from countries that are not part of the European Economic Area (EEA).

EsCHER is part of Erasmus University Rotterdam and bundles unique and leading expertise in the field of Health Economics. With over 100 health economists and located in the Netherlands, EsCHER has a central role in developing and applying methods that contribute to more effective, evidence-based policies and more equitable and efficient health care systems around the world.      

The scholarships are offered for the master programmes Health Economics and Health Economics, Policy & Law, starting at the academic year 2022-2023. For more information on the scholarship and the educational programmes EsCHER is involved with, please visit the EsCHER website.


EuHEA PhD conference 2021

EsCHER members are hosting the 8th EuHEA PhD Student-Supervisor and Early Career Researcher Conference between the 1st and 3rd of September 2021.

The conference presents a valuable opportunity for PhD students and young researchers in the field of health economics to present their on-going research and receive important feedback from experienced colleagues with expertise in their field of study. It provides an excellent platform to advance on-going research, engage in (online and hopefully in-person) networking with peers, and gain new insights and collaborations with other researchers who are interested in the same field.

Click here for more information on the upcoming conference. Looking forward to seeing you in September!

Tinbergen Institute

Online summer school Inequalities in Health and Healthcare

EsCHER professors Owen O’Donnell and Tom Van Ourti will be running the online summer school Inequalities in Health and Healthcare from 5 to 9 July 2021, as part of the Tinbergen Institute Summer School program.

This year, the course will be taught online. Students are nonetheless provided with a highly interactive remote learning environment and close contact with the instructors. 


This course arms you with tools to measure health inequality. It will encourage and facilitate evaluation of the normative foundations of inequality measures. You will become familiar with methods used to explain socioeconomic disparities in health and to identify inequity in the distribution of healthcare. We will demonstrate how tools of health inequality measurement can be used to conduct distributionally sensitive cost-effectiveness analysis.


The course is targeted at economists embarking on research on population health and the distribution of healthcare, as well as at researchers from the field of public health wishing to become competent in techniques used by economists to analyze inequality in health and healthcare.


Click here for more information on the course, tuition fee and application form.


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