5th Workshop in Behavioral and Experimental Health Economics

Posted On November 22, 2017

December 7, 2017 - December 8, 2017


Georgia State University
Buckhead Campus
12th Floor

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General Information

Following the success of previous workshops in Oslo, Hamilton, Essen and Cologne, we are pleased to host the 5th Workshop on Behavioral and Experimental Health Economics in Atlanta. The workshop brings together economists who apply behavioral economics and experimental methods in health economics research to present and discuss their research papers. We also welcome researchers from related fields, such as Public Health, Epidemiology and Medicine. We welcome contributions on all topics within health economics using experimental methods and behavioral economics applications.

For each paper, we allocate 60 minutes to provide speakers with the opportunity for an in-depth presentation of their work. All sessions will be plenary in style. Speakers should plan for a 40 to 45 minute presentation, with the remaining time to allow for questions from the audience and a general discussion.


The primary keynote address will be given by Professor Judd Kessler from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania: http://assets.wharton.upenn.edu/~juddk/. Judd received a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University in 2004, an M.Phil. in Economics from Cambridge University in 2005, and a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University in 2011. In his research he uses a combination of laboratory and field experiments to answer questions in Public Economics and market design. He investigates the economic and psychological forces that motivate individuals to contribute to public goods, with applications including organ donation, worker effort, and charitable giving. He also investigates market design innovations, placing particular emphasis on bringing market design from theory to practice, with applications including course allocation and priority systems for organ allocation. Judd’s research has appeared in general interest journals including the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Management Science, as well as specialist journals such as Health Economics and American Journal of TransplantationAnnals of Internal Medicine, and the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

This year the Workshop on Behavioral and Experimental Health Economics will overlap for one day, by design, with another annual workshop co-sponsored by CEAR on Behavioral Insurance. The reason is that the topics overlap, and this provides an opportunity for intellectual arbitrage. The keynote address for the Behavioral Insurance workshop will also be given on the overlap day, and will be given by Professor Ben Handel from the Department of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley: http://eml.berkeley.edu/~bhandel/. He received an A.B. in Economics from Princeton in 2004, a Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University in 2010, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2011. His research focuses on the microeconomics of consumer choice and market structure in the health care sector, with an emphasis on health insurance markets. His most recent research has emphasized the role that consumer choice frictions, such as inertia and limited information, can have when assessing the welfare outcomes of different regulatory policies in health insurance markets. In addition, his work studies incentive design and adoption of information technology by medical providers. Ben has partnered with a range of large firms and policy organizations in the health care sector to study questions in these areas. Ben has published on health insurance issues in Econometrica, the American Economic Review, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.


CEAR will provide travel and lodging expenses for presenters. The usual university guidelines apply, and those will be communicated via email.

Scientific Committee

  • James Cox (GSU, Economics)
  • Matteo M. Galizzi (LSE)
  • Glenn Harrison (GSU, Risk Management & Insurance): chair
  • Heike Hennig-Schmidt (University of Bonn)
  • John F. Sweeney (Emory University School of Medicine)
  • Daniel Wiesen (University of Cologne)


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*note that presenters and the scientific committee are already registered and are not required to do so again. Also, current faculty and PhD students of Georgia State University need to register, but the fee will be waived via a promotional code. If you need that code, please contact [email protected] using your official @gsu.edu email address.


The symposium will be held at the Georgia State University Buckhead Center, in Room 1203 on the 12th floor. The address is Tower Place 200, 3348 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30326. Detailed directions are below and can also be found on the Buckhead Center's page.