Health Economists Conference Gets Underway in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (June 12, 2016) -- Nearly 1,000 of the country's top health economists began converging on the University of Pennsylvania campus today as the 6th Biennial Conference of the American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon) got underway. Sponsored by ASHEcon and Penn's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) the event runs through June 15th and is holding sessions in five different Penn buildings as well as the castle-like 23rd Street Armory. Above is the scene at Sunday's plenary session. ALSO: See Day Two, Day Three and Poster Gallery Photo pages.
"This is about big plenaries, great stars and an army of health economists from across the country coming together here," said Daniel Polsky, Executive Director of LDI and chair of the ASHEcon Conference local organizing committee. "The real gold is in the 534 papers that are being presented. There are 76 alone that evaluate aspects of how the Affordable Care Act is working or can be improved."
ASHEcon Executive Director and University of Illinois Professor of Health Policy & Administration Anthony LoSasso, said "the mission of ASHEcon is to promote excellence in health economics research and we are absolutely doing that here in this beautiful Penn venue. Our host committee has been outstanding; we couldn't be more pleased."
|After the plenary, attendees streamed into the architecturally striking atrium of the Zellerbach Theatre in Penn's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (above, left). Above, right at one of the day's receptions is current ASHEcon Executive Director Anthony LoSasso with former ASHEcon Executive Director Richard Arnould of the University of Illinois.|
|In discussions above, left, are (l to r) incoming ASHEcon President Jonathan Gruber, Professor of Economics at MIT; Daniel Polsky, Executive Director of LDI and Professor of Health Care Management at Penn's Wharton School; and Amol Navathe, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Medicine at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine. Above, right: earlier in the day the ASHEcon board meet for an annual business meeting. At the far head of the table is outgoing ASHEcon President Mark Pauly, Professor of Health Care Management at the Wharton School.|
|Sunday's most heavily attended preconference workshop (above, left) was the "Treatment Effect Estimation With Unconfounded Assignment" session held in the 8th floor Colloquium Hall of the Wharton School's Huntsman Hall. Teaching it (above, right) was Michigan State University Economics Professor Jeffrey Wooldridge.|
|Strategies and tips for using websites as teaching tools (above, left) were offered in the preconference workshop "Teaching Health Economics" session in the Wharton School's Huntsman Hall. At the podium (above, right) is Emma Frew, a Senior Lecturer in Health Economics at the United Kingdom's University of Birmingham.|