Welcome to the European Health Economics Association

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 (2020-2022): 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.

President Elect (2020-2022): Mathias Kifmann

Mathias Kifmann is Professor of Economics at the Department of Socioeconomics of the University of Hamburg and a member of the Hamburg Center for Health Economics. He is director of the M.Sc. program “Health Economics and Health Care Management”. Before joining the University of Hamburg, he was Professor of Public Economics and Social Policy at the University of Augsburg and a Lecturer at the University of Konstanz where he obtained his doctorate in Economics in 2001. Mathias’ research is focused on the design of social health insurance systems, the use of financial incentives in health care and the political economy of health care. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Health Economics, the Journal of Health Economics, the Journal of Public Economic Theory, the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, and Public Choice. He has been an editor of the Journal of Health Economics since 2018. Together with Friedrich Breyer and Peter Zweifel he has written the textbook Health Economics. He belongs to the founding members of the German Health Economics Association. He has been involved in the organization of the European Health Economics Workshop, serving as organizer and member of the scientific committee.
Mathias is dedicated to academic cooperation between European health economists. He is committed to ensuring that EuHEA continues to promote health economics across Europe with high-quality conferences both for senior and young researchers and accessible at reasonable fees. In his experience, workshops are a very fruitful format for exchanging and discussing ideas. He therefore wants to encourage workshops on health economics topics relevant for European countries.

Past President (2020-2022): 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.

Executive Secretary (2020-2023): Stefan Boes

Stefan Boes is Professor of Health Economics at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland, and Director of the Center for Health, Policy and Economics (CHPE). He is currently acting as Vice Principal of the Department of Health Sciences and Medicine, is Head of the section Health Sciences and Health Policy and leads the development of the undergraduate program in health sciences at the University of Lucerne. Before coming to Lucerne, he was an Assistant Professor of Econometrics at the University of Bern and a Lecturer in Statistics and Econometrics at the University of Zurich, where he obtained his PhD in Economics in 2007. Stefan Boes’ research focuses on topics in applied health economics, econometrics, and policy evaluation. He is particularly interested in studying health-related behaviors and decisions, including health insurance choices, inequalities in health and related outcomes, the interaction between education and health, and design-based health econometrics. Recently, he also started working on topics related to evidence-informed policy-making, including information infrastructures and the development of the Swiss Learning Health System. He has published in international journals such as the Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, Journal of Economic Behaviour & Organization, the Journal of Urban Economics, or Empirical Economics. He is Founding Member and Vice President of the Swiss Society of Health Economics (sggö) since 2016 and was Academic Director of the International Doctoral Courses in Health Economics and Policy (2017 -2019), an advanced PhD course program in health economics and policy coordinated by the sggö.

Other Members

Carine Franc, France (2020-2023)

Carine Franc has been an health economics researcher at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, in a social science and public health multidisciplinary department (Centre d’Epidémiologie et de Santé des Populations, CESP Inserm UMR 1018). She has been member of the executive committee of the French Health Economics Association since 2008 and serving as its treasurer since 2017. Since 2013, she has also been president of the scientific committee of the French Health Economists Conference (JESF), which brings together nearly 130 health economists every year.

Due to her involvement in the French College of Health Economists, Carine Franc has been involved in the EuHEA since its creation as a delegate. Fully convinced of the need to promote health economics in Europe, and even more so after the covid-19 crisis, she proposes her candidacy as ordinary member of EuHEA’s executive committee. She is particularly interested in the development of early career health economists and she attended with her PhD students all PhD Early Career Meetings.

Born in 1973 in Toulouse (south-west France), she studied public economics and microeconomics at the Toulouse School of Economics. She holds a PhD in Economics Sciences from Toulouse University of Social Sciences in 2000 focusing on “Social Protection and Redistribution”. She completed her “habilitation to supervise research” on agency problems in health economics context, in 2012 at the Paris-Dauphine University.

Her research focuses on the study of the effects of economic and non-economic incentives on individual behavior. Considering the provision of care, her research aims at investigating which mechanism (financial and non-financial) can help to improve the effectiveness of primary care. Considering the demand for care, she has studied the respective role of public and private health insurances, the impact of the design of insurance coverage on health care demand and on inequalities in the access to care.

Bruce Hollingsworth, UK (2020-2023)

Bruce Hollingsworth is Professor of Health Economics at Lancaster University, UK and Director of Health Economics at Lancaster. Bruce was previously Director of the Centre for Health Economics at Monash University in Australia, where he remains Principal Research Fellow.

He has a BA(Hons) Economics, MSc Health Economics, and PhD focusing on economies of scope and efficiency in health services.

Bruce is investigator on a number of current large grants (£20m), and has over 150 publications, principally in the area of efficiency measurement with respect to the production of health and health care, social determinants of health, and the translation of research into practice.

He is an Editor of Health Economics, and has been an adviser to Government bodies and NGOs including the WHO, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and a Gates Foundation International Advisory Committee.

He runs the international health economics discussion/twitter groups (3,500 members), is an active member of health economics organisations worldwide, an invited speaker at international conferences and to Government bodies, is referee for over 40 journals, and several international grant bodies.

Bruce is particularly committed to the development of early career health economists, students, and health economics capacity internationally. He helped found the Australasian Workshops on Econometrics and Health Economics, and is Chair of the iHEA Student Prize Committee. He was an iHEA Board member, and helped lead the Strategic Review of iHEA (iHEA 2020) on the structure and future of iHEA. Bruce regularly attends EuHEA meetings, and PHD/ECR meetings, and is Co-Organiser of the UK HESG.

Ruth Puig Peiró, Spain (2017-2023)

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.

Finance Committee

Aleksandra Torbica, Italy (2020-2022)

Aleksandra Torbica, MSc, PhD is Associate Professor at the Department of Social and Political Sciences and the Director of Centre for Research for Health and Social Care Management (CERGAS) at Bocconi University, Milan, Italy. She holds the MSc degree in Health Economics, Management and Policy from Bocconi University and a PhD in Economics and Management of Public Organisations from the University of Parma. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Italian Health Economics Association, previously its Secretary General. Her research interests span from methods for economic evaluation of healthcare technologies/programmes/services to governance of healthcare systems and evaluation of health policy/programs, both in developed and low-middle income countries. She has co-authored numerous articles and book chapters in prestigious international outlets in health economics and health policy. Since 2016, she has been serving as Co-Editor of the journal “Value in Health”.

Ciaran O’Neill, Ireland (2020-2022)

Ciaran O’Neill was educated at Queens University Belfast where he obtained a primary degree in economics in 1986 and in agricultural economics 1990.
He has held full professorships are Ulster University, Queens University Belfast and the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has held various visiting positions including positions at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica and the University of Michigan. He was a Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy and Practice in 2001/2002, Chair of the Northern Ireland Health Economics Group, Chair of Action Cancer’s Board of Trustees and is currently Chair of the Health Economics Association of Ireland. He has served on several national scientific committees and provided policy advice to the Health Committee in Northern Ireland and the Department of Health in the Republic of Ireland. Along with Professor John Cawley (Cornell) and John Mullahy (Univ.Wisconsin) he organizes the biannual Ireland Health Economics Masterclass. He currently serves as an LSE/Lancet Commissioner on a review of the NHS, as a health economics expert on the Irish National Screening Advisory Committee and among the lead investigators for the New UK EQ-5D-5L Valuation Study.

He has published over 150 peer reviewed journal articles as well as various reports arising from health economic studies nationally and internationally. He has undertaken reviews for various scientific funding agencies in Ireland, the UK, Hong Kong, and New Zealand. As a PI, he has secured approximately £2 million in research grants and as Co-Pi several multiples of this from bodies that include leading funding bodies in Ireland, the UK and Europe such as the ESRC, MRC, HRB and NIHR, as well as directly from industry and government departments.

His research focuses on the application of economics to health and healthcare. It has centered on efforts to ensure the efficient delivery of healthcare services and to identify and seek to understand disparities in health outcomes.