CINCH Academy

The Essen Summer School in Health Economics

August 28 - September 3, 2017


For details, please see the Flyer (you may also use this for further distribution).

ATTENTION: Application deadline has been extended to May 30!


CINCH Academy is a PhD summer program for research in Health Economics. It consists of lecture sessions and presentations, where participants present their own work. The first half of the course provides an overview on inequality in health, while the second part is dedicated to health econometric methods such as instrumental variables or dynamic panel data models.

Lectures will be given by Owen O’Donnell (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Frank Windmeijer (University of Bristol). The program consists about 30 hours of lectures and 10 hours of paper presentations. These presentations will be chaired by Maksym Obrizan (Kyiv School of Economics). They provide the opportunity for participants to receive constructive feedback on their own work.


 I. Inequality in Health

  • Normative Evaluation of Health Inequality
  • Measurement of Health Inequality
  • Computation of Health Inequality Indices
  • Economic Models of Health Behaviour
  • Identification of Socioeconomic Determinants of Health
  • Health Determination of Socioeconomic Outcomes

 II. Health Econometrics: Causal Inference, Instrumental Variables and Dynamic Panel Data Models

  • Causal Inference; RCTs; Observational Studies
  • Instrumental Variables; Genetic Markers
  • Linear and Nonlinear Models; Generalised Method of Moments
  • Dynamic Panel Data Models; Hospital Responses to Waiting Times Targets
  • Count Data Models
  • Panel Data Models for Health Investment


Owen O'Donnell

Owen O’Donnell is Professor of Applied Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam and the University of Macedonia. Within the field of health economics, his research is concerned with topics such as health inequality, health care equity and health insurance coverage in high and low income countries. He has published in Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Health Economics, among others. He is co-author of Analyzing Health Equity Using Household Survey Data and has been a consultant to the World Bank, WHO and UNICEF and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Health Economics and Health Economics.

Frank Windmeijer

Frank Windmeijer is Professor of Econometrics at the University of Bristol. His work focuses on causal inference, instrumental variables estimation and dynamic panel data models. Application of these within health economics have focused on the timing of treatment effects, the effects of waiting times targets, price elasticities of pre- scription drugs, and the use of genetic markers as instruments for modifiable risk factors. He has published in Econometrica, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Health Economics and Epidemiology, among others. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Econometrics.

Registration Fees

  • EUR  400  (doctoral students)
  • EUR  650  (others)

Fees cover the cost of the course and accompanying materials. Scholarships are available.

Best Paper Award

The selected best paper of the workshop will be awarded with the publication in our CINCH working paper series. Additionally the registration fee will be remitted.


Please submit a CV and a full paper via email (extended deadline: May 30, 2017). 


For the upcoming summer school the organising team reserved the seminar room Casino, Reckhammerweg 3, in Guesthouse at University Duisburg Essen and the seminar room at the Weststadtcarree, Altendorfer Straße 9 (special thanks to Professor Jürgen Wasem). You will reach the locations using the following address:

Reckhammerweg 3, 45141 Essen

Altendorfer Str. 9, 45127 Essen