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Virtual Essen Health Economics Seminar

08.06.2021

On Monday, June 14 2021, 16:00 - 17:30, Anne Brenøe (University of Zurich) will present:

Explaining the Effect of Breastfeeding Promotion on Infant Weight Gain: The Role of Nutrition

Using data from the only large-scale randomized controlled trial promoting prolonged exclusive breastfeeding, we show the intervention significantly and persistently increased weight-for-age, but did not have robust effects on other child health measures. To explain this result, we provide novel evidence of changes in infant feeding patterns. The estimated increase in calories treated infants consumed fully explain the weight gain in early infancy. This suggests breastfeeding has beneficial effects on infant health in contexts where breast milk is a replacement for low-calorie liquids, but effects may not be generalizable to settings where higher-quality alternatives are more common..

Room: Due to the current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the talk will be held in a virtual seminar room. For more information click here.


Job offer: Student assistant

16.05.2021

The junior professorship for Empirical Health Economics (Prof. Dr. Katharina Blankart) at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at the University of Duisburg-Essen is looking for a Student assistant (10 hours per week).

Find more details in the job advertisement.


Virtual Essen Health Economics Seminar

11.05.2021

On Monday, May 17 2021, 16:00 - 17:30, Sophie Guthmuller (Vienna University of Economics and Business) will present:

The Impact of Breast Cancer Organised Screening Programmes on Uptake, Inequality, and Mortality

We study the impact of Organised Screening Programmes (OSP) for Breast Cancer in Europe on mammography uptake, inequality, and mortality. When an OSP is in place, all women within a certainage group receive, every two years, an invitation for free breast screening. To identify the causal impact of this invitation, we exploit the heterogeneity across European regions in the availability of OSP and in the age eligibility across regions with OSP. Our analysis is based on three data sources: (1) regional information on OSP, (2) individual information on mammography uptake, socioeconomic characteristics, health, and lifestyle related risk factors of women in 21 European countries, and (3) cancer registry data on breast cancer incidence, and mortality. We find new evidence that screening increases by more than 30 percentage points when women are invited. First results from the heterogeneity analysis show that women that respond to the invitation are those at higher risk of developing cancer and those with low preventive healthcare habits. Thus, OSP with a personal invitation manage to reach asymptomatic women at higher risk of developing cancer and with low preventive healthcare habits, i.e. women that are less likely to go for a mammography otherwise. Further analyses will investigate the impact of OSP on socioeconomic inequalities, breast cancer incidence, and mortality.

Room: Due to the current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the talk will be held in a virtual seminar room. For more information click here.