Health Economics and Policy Seminar Series

The Department of Health Policy and Department of Economics at Vanderbilt University often co-host seminars that bridge economic and health policy issues, trends and research. What is below highlights the seminars that cover both areas. The full series of scheduled seminars can be found by clicking here.

Coordinator: Kitt Carpenter 

HEP seminars take place either in Calhoun 109 from 4-5:20 p.m. or in the Board Conference Room on the 6th floor of 2525 West End Avenue from 12-1 p.m. (unless otherwise noted).  A light lunch is served for early arrivals to the noontime seminars at 2525 West End Ave.

NOTE: Papers, when available, will be posted at the All Seminars page. For more information see: 


FALL 2019



Oct. 1: Kasey Buckles

Brian and Jeannelle Brady Associate Professor of Economics, Notre Dame University

Oct. 8: Anna Aizer

Professor and Chair of Economics, Brown University

Oct. 15: Nick Sanders 

Assistant Professor, Cornell PAM

FALL 2018


Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 4:00-5:20 p.m.
Maya Rossin-Slater, City University of New York
"Violence While in Utero: The Impacts of Assaults During Pregnancy on Birth Outcomes"  


Tuesday, October 23, 2018 
Calhoun 109, 4:00-5:20 pm
Alan Barreca, UCLA
“Effects of Ambient Temperature on Birth Timing and Length of Gestation in the United States”


Friday, September 28, 2018
1:00-2:00 pm 
Cheng Cheng, University of Mississippi
"The Spillover Effects of Highly Publicized Police-Related Deaths on Policing and Crime: Evidence from Large U.S. Cities"


Spring 2018

You are invited to attend the following upcoming Health Economics and Policy (HEP) Seminars, co-hosted by the Departments of Economics and Health Policy. All April HEP seminars will be held in Calhoun Hall room 109 from 4:00 to 5:20 pm. CME credit will be available for each seminar.


Tuesday, April 3, 2018 

Michael Grossman, PhD “Does E-cigarette Advertising Encourage Adult Smokers to Quit?

Distinguished Professor, Economics and Business, City University of New York

Dr. Grossman’s current research deals with the determinants of childhood obesity, the effects of insurance and quality on hospital prices for cancer surgery, racial and ethnic differences in physical activity, moral hazard in less invasive surgical technology for coronary artery disease, and neuroeconomics and alcohol control policies.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018 

Matthew Neidell, PhD

Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management, Columbia University

Professor Neidell specializes in environmental, health, and labor economics, with research primarily focused at the intersections of these. His most recent work applies the latest empirical methods to examine the relationship between the environment and a wide range of measures of well-being, including worker productivity, human capital, and decision making. Previous related work has focused on the effect of the environment on health outcomes and avoidance behavior.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018 

Michael Anderson, PhD

Associate Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California-Berkeley

Dr. Anderson’s research interests include the areas of environmental economics, health economics, and applied econometrics, especially relating to questions of causal inference.


Fall 2017

HEP Seminars take place either in Calhoun 109 from 4-5:20pm or in the Board Conference Room on the 6th floor of 2525 West End Avenue from 12-1pm (unless otherwise noted).  A light lunch is served for early arrivers for the noontime seminars at 2525 West End.


Fall 2016 Seminars:

HEP Seminars take place either in Calhoun 109 from 4-5:20pm or in the Board Conference Room on the 6th floor of 2525 West End Avenue from 12-1pm (unless otherwise noted).  A light lunch is served for early arrivers for the noontime seminars at 2525 West End.

Tuesday, Sept 20th  

4-5:20pm, CL 109

Monica Deza – UT Dallas, topic TBA 

Tuesday Oct 25th

12-1pm, 2525 West End

Ellen Meara – Dartmouth College, topic TBA 


Monday Nov 7th

12-1pm, 12th floor, Grand Conference room, 2525 West End

Aaron Gamino


Tuesday Nov 29th

 4-5:20pm, CL 109

John Cawley – Cornell University, topic TBA 


Spring 2016 Seminars:


Thursday, Jan 21st

2525 West End Ave, 6th floor board room​​

Katy Kozimannhil 


Wednesday, Mar 16th

2525 West End Ave, 6th floor board room​​

Kevin Schulman


Friday, April 1


2525 West End Ave, 6th floor board room​​

Florence Watts


Monday, April 4th


2525 West End Ave, 6th floor board room​​

Bob Kaestner - TBD


Thur, Apr 14

2525 West End Ave, 6th floor board room​​

Adam Sacarny (Columbia SPH)


Friday, April 22nd


2525 West End Ave, 6th floor board room​​

Marcus Dillender - TBD


Fall 2015 Seminars:

Thursday, September 10th


2525 West End Ave, 6th floor board room​

Marcella Alsan – Tuskegee

The "Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male" (TSUS), conducted between 1932 and 1972, passively monitored 400 adult black males with active, late stage syphilis. The study's methods have become synonymous with exploitation and mistreatment of black males by the medical community. We estimate the extent to which the revelation of TSUS contributed to historical racial disparities in medical mistrust and in subsequent health-seeking behavior and health outcomes. Our measures of exposure to the news of Tuskegee are correlated with economically significant increases in measures of medical mistrust and mortality and with decreases in outpatient physician interactions. Those with prior experience to the medical community, including black veterans and women, appear to have been less affected by the disclosure. Our findings relate to a broader literature on how beliefs are formed and the importance of trust for economic exchanges involving asymmetric information.

Wednesday September 9th

12:00 – 1:00pm

2525 West End Ave, 6th floor board room

Andrew Bacon - The Long-Run Effects of Childhood Insurance Coverage: Medicaid Implementation, Adult Disability and Labor Market Outcomes

Thursday November 19th


2525 West End Ave, 6th floor board room​​

Emily Lawler – "Effects of Vaccination Recommendations versus Mandates: Evidence from the hepatitis A vaccine"

Tuesday, November 24th


2525 West End Ave, 12th floor Grand Conference room

Ari Friedman – “Competition Through Wait Times in the Market for Unscheduled Care”

Thursday December 3rd


​2525 West End Ave, 6th floor board room​​

Sebastian Tello – "Effects of Losing Public Health Insurance on Health Care Access, Preventive Care, Self-Assessed Health, and Inpatient Care: Evidence from the TennCare Disenrollment"

Wednesday, December 16th


2525 West End Ave, 6th floor board room

Rebecca Haffajee – Title forthcoming


Spring 2015 HEP and HP Seminars:

June 26th - Debbie Freund, President of Claremont Graduate University

12:00-1:00pm 6th Floor of 2525 West End Avenue 


June 11th - Niall Brennan, Chief Data Officer for CMS

 2525 West End Avenue, Suite 1200 in the Grand Conference room


Apr 30 - Jean Mitchell/(Georgetown University)

2525 WEA, 6th Floor Board Room


Apr 24 - Kosali Simon/(Indiana Univ)

2525 WEA, 6th Floor Board Room


Mar 19 - David Frisvold/(Iowa)

"The Impact of the School Breakfast Program on Childhood Obesity"



Mar 12 - Carrie Colla/(The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice)

“First National Survey Of ACOs Finds That Physicians Are Playing Strong Leadership And Ownership Roles”

2525 WEA, 12th Floor Grand Conference Room (room updated 3/2/15)



Fall 2014 Seminars:

Nov 19 - Colin Cooke - Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Health System

Improving Efficiency of Intensive Care Unit Use: Patient to Policy

Nov 12 - Erin Trish – Postdoctoral Fellow, Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, University of Southern California

Does Small Group Market Community Rating Affect Firm Self-Insurance?

Nov 11 - Sayeh Nikpay - PhD Candidate in Health Services Research
Economics Cognate, University of Michigan

Do Medicaid Expansions Reduce Hospital Uncompensated Care?  Evidence from Early Expansion States

Oct 29 - Bruce Jennings – Director of Bioethics, Center for Humans and Nature

Health Governance Near the End of Life


Oct 21 - Alan Weil – Editor in Chief, Health Affairs

Can Health Services Research and the Triple Aim Save the American Health Care System?

Oct 14 -Michael Richards - Postdoctoral Research Associate, Univ. of Pennsylvania Wharton School Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

Physician Labor Response to Health Reform:  Evidence from Massachusetts


Sept 17 - Craig Garthwaite - Assistant Professor of Strategy, Northwestern Univ. Kellogg School of Management

Hospitals as Insurers of Last Resort


Spring 2014 Seminars:

May 7 – John Romley - Research Assistant Professor, Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California

Apr 17 - Tom DeLeire - Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

Apr 3 - Don Kenkel - Professor, Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University

De Gustibus Est Disputandum: Regulating the Taste of Cigarettes

Mar 20 - Charles Courtemanche - Assistant Professor of Economics, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University

Impacts of the Affordable Care Act Dependent Coverage Mandate on Health-Related Outcomes of Young Adults

Jan 10 - Liz Stuart – Associate Professor, Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Fall 2013 Seminars:

Dec 4 - Amanda Kowalski – Assistant Professor of Economics, Yale University

The Long Term Impact of Health Insurance Expansions


Nov 20 - Mariana Carrera - Case Western Reserve University
Generic Aversion and Observational Learning in the Over-the-Counter Drug Market

Nov 14 - Daniel Eisenberg - Associate Professor, Dept. of Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan School of Public Health


Oct 9 - Christine Eibner – RAND Corporation

The Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance Markets:  Simulating the Effects of Regulation


Sept 25 - Tal Gross - Columbia University School of Public Health

Public Health Insurance, Labor Supply, and Employment Lock