Skip to main content

Welcome

CINCH - Health Economics Research Center

Virtual Essen Health Economics Seminar

15.12.2020

On Monday, December 21 2020, 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.


Virtual Essen Health Economics Seminar

09.12.2020

On Monday, December 14 2020, 16:00 - 17:30, George MacKerron (University of Sussex) will present:

Mappiness: Dynamics and Loss Aversion in the Wellbeing of Football Supporters

By joining Mappiness, which is a large panel of momentary happiness data, to detailed information on British football matches between 2010 and 2017, we are able to identify football supporters and the teams they support. After conditioning on expected results for each match using bookmakers’ odds, match events and match results represent exogenous shocks to these supporters. We show how these events and results affect supporters’ reported momentary happiness, and provide some preliminary, novel evidence of loss aversion.

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.


Virtual Essen Health Economics Seminar

01.12.2020

On Monday, December 7 2020, 16:00 - 17:30, Philipp Jäger (RWI Essen) will present:

Can Pensions Save Lives? Evidence from the Introduction of Old-Age Assistance in the UK

I study the impact of old-age assistance on mortality using the introduction of public pensions in the UK in 1909 as a quasi-natural experiment. Exploiting the newly created pension eligibility age through a difference-in-difference event-time design, I show that elderly mortality declined after the pension was introduced. The estimated mortality decline is economically relevant, more pronounced in counties with a higher treatment intensity and is driven by fewer deaths from infectious as well as non-communicable diseases. An analysis of individual level census data points to a reduction in crowding and retirement from hazardous work spaces as likely channels.

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.