Welcome to the European Association of Health Economics

EUHEA promotes cooperation among all national health economics associations and groups in Europe. It also profiles and fosters health economics at European universities.


Executive Committee

Presidency and Secretary

President (2018-2020): Lise Rochaix

Lise Rochaix, Ph.D., is Professor of Economics at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne which she joined in 2014 and she has since set up the Paris School of Economics research chair in health economics, ‘Hospinnomics’, endowed by the Hospitals of Paris (AP-HP). She holds a PhD in economics from the Department of Economics and Related Studies, at York university (UK). She became full professor in 1994, first at the University of Western Brittany and then Aix-Marseille University, where she set up a Master in Public Economics. She was an elected member of the International Health Economics Association (iHEA) Executive Board between 2003-2005 and a member of the Arrow Award committee (2005-2011). She has taken part in various governmental reports and was seconded to the forecasting division of the French Treasury. From 2006 till 2013, she was a member of the Board of the French National Health Board (Haute Autorité de Santé –HAS), by appointment of the President of the French Senate, where she developed HAS’s economic remit and chaired a new dedicated committee (CEESP: Commission d’Evaluation Economique et de Santé Publique). She has recently been appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of the agency in charge of hospital information (ATIH: Agence technique d’Information Hospitalière). She now teaches industrial economics, public policy and health economics at Paris 1 and PSE and her research interests focus on the evaluation of public policies, in an international comparative perspective. She has published widely on topics related to regulatory issues in the healthcare sector, with both equity and efficiency considerations.

President Elect (2018-2020): Dorte Gyrd-Hansen

Dorte Gyrd-Hansen is Professor of Health Economics at the Department of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, and is a visiting professor at the Institute of Community Medicine, University of Tromsø. Previous positions include professorships at the University of Queensland and Copenhagen Business School, and a position as Director of Research at the Danish Institute of Health Services Research.  Dorte Gyrd-Hansen’s research interests have evolved over the years from application of cost-effectiveness analysis on screening programmes for cancer diseases, to preference elicitation, experimental health economics and behavioural economics. Currently, her research focuses on demand- and supply side barriers to access to health care services. She is in particular interested in understanding citizens' and patients' health behaviours; and understanding how health professionals' allocate resources subject to various financial incentives. Dorte Gyrd-Hansen has 140 peer-reviewed publications in international journals including Health Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Social Science & Medicine, New England Journal of Medicine, and Journal of Economic Behaviour & Organization. She has supervised/is supervising 20 PhD students on a broad range of topics within the area of health economics.  She has been an Associate Editor of Health Economics since 2016. Dorte Gyrd-Hansen has participated in several large scale European projects. Currently she is involved in the EU Marie Curie European Training Network program, Improving Quality of Care in Europe, which hosts 15 PhD students across 6 European countries.  She has been a member of the board of directors of the International Health Economics Association, the Arrow Award Commitee, the Norwegian Research Council and the Danish Research Council. She is engaged in influencing national health policy and sits on the Danish Scientific Council of Prevention.

Past President (2018-2020): Andrew Jones

Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Related Studies.

Andrew Jones is Professor of Economics at the University of York, UK, where he has been Head of the Department of Economics and Related Studies since January 2011. He was Director of the MSc in Health Economics at York between 1994 and 2011 and during that time there were over 500 graduates from more than 70 different countries. He has also supervised 23 PhD students. He is a joint editor of Health Economics. He edited the Elgar Companion to Health Economics which was published in 2006 with 50 concise chapters that review the state-of-the-art in the field. A second edition of the Companion was published in 2012. He does research in microeconometrics and health economics with particular interests in the determinants of health, the economics of addiction and socioeconomic inequalities in health and health care. He is author of the chapter 'health econometrics' in the Elsevier Handbook of Health Economics and of chapters in the Oxford Handbooks of Health Economics, Economic Forecasting, and Panel Data and the Palgrave Handbook of Econometrics. He has a particular interest in developing and disseminating the use of applied econometrics in health economics. In 1992 he established the European Workshops on Econometrics and Health Economics, which are co-organised with Owen O'Donnell. Andrew is the research director of the Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) at the University of York and is a visiting professor at the University of Bergen. He is an elected member of the International Health Economics Association (iHEA) Executive Board and is co-chair of their Arrow Award committee.

Executive Secretary (2014-2020): Stefan Felder

Stefan Felder, Swiss, Full Professor of Economics, born in 1960, studied Economics, Business Administration and Sociology, earned his PhD in 1989 und his habilitation in 1995 at the University of Bern, Switzerland. From 1997 to 2008 he was Associate Professor for Health Economics at the Medical Faculty of the University of Magdeburg, Germany. In 2008 he became Full Professor of Economics in the Economics Department of Duisburg-Essen University, Germany. Since 2011 he has been affiliated with the University of Basel, Switzerland, first as Associate Professor and since 2013 as Full Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Business and Economics. From 2010 to 2014 he directed the German Health Economics Research Centre CINCH in Essen. He has been General Secretary of the German Health Economics Association (2009-2016) and of the European Health Economic Association (since 2013). He has been President of the Swiss Society of Health Economics (since 2016) and of the German Health Economics Association (2017-2018). In 2011 he joined the Swiss Medical Board as expert for health economics. He has been advisor to public and private institutions and authors of reports in all areas of health care and health insurance.

His academic work in Health Economics has appeared in Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, Health Policy, International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, Medical Decision Making and European Journal of Health Economics. He is co-author with Thomas Mayrhofer of the textbook “Medical Decision Making: A Health Economic Primer, (2nd edition) Springer 2017.

Other Members

Florence Jusot, France (2014-2020)

Florence Jusot, Professor at Paris-Dauphine University, Paris, France, is vice-president of the French Health Economics Association in charge of scientific and international activities. The French College of Health Economists is one of the founding health economics associations of EUHEA. Florence Jusot has been involved in the activities of the EuHEA since the beginning as a member of the interim executive committee. Fully convinced of the important role that the EuHEA has to play to promote interactions between health economists in Europe, we have invited Pedro Pita Barros, the current president of the EUHEA, to give a plenary talk during the last annual conference of the French Health Economics in December 2013 in Paris. In addition, numerous French PhD candidates and supervisors have also applied and are going to attend the first European workshop that will be held in Manchester in September 2014.

She proposes her candidacy as ordinary member of the executive committee of the European Health Economics Association (EuHEA) in order to continue to participate to the various EuHEA‘s activities. In particular, The French College of Health Economists proposes to host the next PhD candidates and supervisors workshop in Paris.

Her researches focus on the analysis and the measurement of inequalities in health and of inequalities of opportunity in health, the economics of addiction, and the determinants of access to health care and health insurance. She also publishes on the evaluation of public interventions aiming at reducing health inequalities with particular interests in health insurance and financing of health systems. Among others she has published in Annals of Economics and Statistics, Health Economics, Journal of Human Resources, and Social Science and Medicine.

Ruth Puig Peiró, Spain (2017-2020)

Ruth Puig Peiró holds a degree in Economics from Pompeu Fabra University and a Master in Economics from the University of York (United Kingdom). She currently works as economic advisor at Public Health England in London. She has held positions at both the public and private sectors, as well as academia. She is experienced in the economics of the pharmaceutical industry, health technology assessment (HTA), health policy, financing of healthcare systems and long-term care. She is also a member of the the Spanish Health Economics Association.

Matt Sutton, United Kingdom (2014-2020)

Matt Sutton is a Professor of Health Economics at the University of Manchester, UK. He has previously worked at the Universities of York, Aberdeen, Glasgow, New South Wales and Lund. He has over twenty years’ experience working as an academic health economist and spent two years as a government economist in Scotland. His research is focused on the use of financial incentives in healthcare, the healthcare workforce, health inequalities and health behaviours. He has published over 80 articles in peer reviewed journals, including Health Economics, the Journal of Health Economics, the Economic Journal, the Journal of Public Economics, the New England Journal of Medicine and the British Medical Journal. He has been an Associate Editor of Health Economics since 2007.

Matt has been the joint national organiser, with Stephen Morris, of the UK Health Economists' Study Group since 2011. Matt was and remains an enthusiastic supporter of the establishment of a formal European association for health economists, to foster co-operation across national boundaries, promote research on European health systems and facilitate the European labour market for health economists. He emphasised the need for EuHEA to establish itself quickly on the international conference circuit and proposed the establishment of a regular EuHEA PhD student-supervisor conference as the first event to be held under the auspices of EuHEA. This workshop, to be hosted in Manchester in September this year, will provide a new opportunity for PhD students to present their research to an international audience and receive dedicated feedback from a senior health economist, and seeks to establish a new network of young European health economists.

Matt is committed to ensuring that EuHEA develops and promotes health economics across Europe and remains a low-cost organisation focused clearly on its core purpose.

Finance Committee (2016-2020)

Vincenzo Atella

Vincenzo Atella is Professor of Economics at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Director of CEIS Tor Vergata and Adjunct Associate of the Center for Health Policy at Stanford.

Currently, he is also Scientific Director of the Farmafactoring Foundation, senior consultant of the Ministry of Health, chief economist of the Italian Association of General Practitionners (Società Italiana di Medicina Generale – SIMG), and member of the Scientific Committee of AGENAS (Italian Regional Agency for Health Care Services).

Prof. Atella has been coordinator of a large European Research Network called TECH Europe, which has received financial support by the European Science Foundation and by the NIH. More recently, he started collaborating with the Health Division of the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Division of the OECD and is co-founder of the OECD expert group on micro-simulation modeling to evaluate the economic and financial sustainability of health care systems at international level. He has also been PI of several public funded projects  by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education.

In the recent past he has been member of the International Committee of Experts advising IQWiG (the German Agency for Health Care) for setting national guidelines for Economic Evaluation and member of the Italian Committee for Drug Price appointed by the Ministry of Treasury. He also served as member of the “Strategic Evaluation Committee” of the Italian Drug Agency (AIFA), and as consultant for the Italian Regional Agency for Health Care Services, the National Institute of Health, the WHO and the World Bank.

His most recent research activity has focused on poverty, income distribution and health economics. In this last field his research deals with the introduction of new technologies in the health sector, the impact of different co-payment systems on pharmaceutical decision making by physicians and on drug consumption by patients, forecasting health expenditure and with the problem of health related income inequalities. The results of this research activity have been published on several international refereed journals as well books.

Céu Mateus

Céu Mateus is assistant professor of Health Economics at the National School of Public Health in Lisbon. At the National School of Public Health she is the executive coordinator of the PhD Programme in Global Public Health (http://www.phd-gph.ensp.unl.pt/). She leads or supervises research projects funded both nationally and internationally. She has supervised more than 30 Master students. She has co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and has more 100 presentations in both national and international conferences. Her current research topics include hospital efficiency analysis, quality of life in auto-immune diseases and costing.

She is one of the founders of EuHEA. She has been involved in the activities of the Portuguese Health Economics Association for the last 15 years. She was elected for her second mandate as President in 2013. She was the president of Patient Classification Systems International (PCSI) between 2003 and 2009 and was involved in the organization of the annual conferences and summer school.