2023 Annual Health Economics Conference

Invitation-only event open to Penn affiliates

9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. ET April 28, 2023 – April 29, 2023 In-Person Event

Jon M. Huntsman Hall, Rooms 360-365, 3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

After a few years off, the 2023 Annual Health Economics Conference (AHEC) is set to return to action with a spring meeting hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. The conference will begin on the morning of Friday, April 28th and conclude by midday on Saturday, April 29th. The conference will include 8-10 papers in total and will be intentionally small to facilitate quality feedback on the presented work. Each paper will have a full hour devoted to it, which will include the author’s presentation, a discussant’s presentation, and audience comments. We will also organize meals and leave ample time in between papers for informal discussions.

AHEC will follow the pay-your-own-way model, so all participants will need to cover their own travel expenses. Individuals who do not plan to submit a paper, but are interested in serving as a discussant can make this known to the conference organizers by submitting a brief note in lieu of a paper submission.

Please feel free to share this announcement widely with your health economics colleagues. We look forward to receiving your submissions and a successful restart for AHEC. For questions, please contact Tina Horowitz.

2023 AHEC Organizing Committee

Conference Agenda

Friday, April 28

8:30 a.m.


9:30 a.m.

Lobbying Physicians: Payments from Industry and Hospital Procurement of Medical Devices

Alon Bergman, Matt Grennan, and Ashley Swanson

  • Speaker: Alon Bergman, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine; Assistant Professor, Health Care Management, Wharton School
  • Discussant: Allison Cuellar, PhD, MBA
    Professor, Health Administration and Policy, George Mason University

10:30 a.m.

Dying or Lying? For-Profit Hospices and End of Life Care

Jonathan Gruber, David Howard, Jetson Leder-Luis, and Theodore Caputi

11:30 a.m.


1:00 p.m.

Why Does Disability Insurance Enrollment Increase During Recessions? Evidence From Medicare

Colleen Carey, Nolan Miller, and David Molitor

  • Speaker: Colleen Carey, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Economics and Public Policy, Cornell University
  • Discussant: Tal Gross, PhD
    Associate Professor, Department of Markets, Public Policy & Law, Questrom School of Business, Boston University

2:00 p.m.

Experience Effects and Technology Adoption: Evidence from Aortic Valve Replacement

Kelly Yang

  • Speaker: Kelly Yang, PhD
    PhD, Economics, Duke University
  • Discussant: Haizhen Lin, PhD
    Weimer Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor, Business Economics and Public Policy, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University

3:00 p.m.


3:15 p.m.

Market Size and Trade in Medical Services

Jonathan Dingel, Joshua Gottlieb, Maya Lozinski, and Pauline Mourot

  • Speaker: Joshua Gottlieb, PhD
    Associate Professor, Harris Public Policy, University of Chicago
  • Discussant: Tim Layton, PhD
    30th Anniversary Associate Professor of Health Care Policy, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University

4:15 p.m.

Administrative Burden and Consolidation in Health Care: Evidence from Medicare Contractor Transitions

Riley League

Saturday, April 29

7:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m.

Who Bears the Burden of Rising Health Care Spending in the U.S.? Evidence from Hospital Mergers

Zarek Brot-Goldberg, Zack Cooper, Stuart Craig, Lev Klarnet, and Ithai Lurie

  • Speaker: Zack Cooper, PhD
    Associate Professor, Public Health (Health Policy); Associate Professor, Economics; Associate Professor, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University
  • Discussant: Kate Bundorf, PhD, MBA
    Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy; Core Faculty Member, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, Duke University

9:30 a.m.

Valuing Statistical Life Using Seniors’ Medical Spending

Jonathan Ketcham, Nicolai Kuminoff, and Nirman Saha

  • Speaker: Nirman Saha, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Economics, University of Surrey
  • Discussant: Julian Reif, PhD
    Associate Professor, Finance and Economics, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

10:30 a.m.


10:45 a.m.

Do Minimum Wage Laws Affect Employer-Sponsored Insurance Provision

Mark K. Meiselbach and Jean Abraham

  • Speaker: Mark K. Meiselbach, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Discussant: Jen Kwok, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Administration at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health

11:45 a.m.

Provider Payments and the Direction of Innovation: The Case of the Wearable Artificial Kidney

Diane Alexander and Engy Ziedan

  • Speaker: Diane Alexander, PhD
    Assistant Professor, The Wharton School
  • Discussant: Genevieve P. Kanter, PhD
    Senior Fellow, USC Schaeffer Center; Associate Professor of Public Policy, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California

12:45 p.m.

Lunch and Adjourn