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Midwest Health Economics Conference convenes at IUPUI May 10 and 11

Anne Royalty
Anne Royalty


May 9, 2012

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The Center for Health Economics Research and the School of Liberal Arts' Department of Economics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will host the Third Annual Midwest Health Economics Conference on Thursday, May 10, and Friday, May 11. The conference aims to present and promote active exchange and discussion of the latest health economics research.

“We are so happy to be hosting the third of these gatherings of health economists from the Midwest and beyond,” says Anne Royalty, professor of economics and director of the Center for Health Economics Research. “It’s exactly the kind of conference I find most productive and stimulating -- it’s organized to have lots of give-and-take among all the participants both in the sessions and in breaks and over meals.”

Throughout the all-day Thursday session and a half-day session on Friday at the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd., speakers will present their research findings. Some of the topics include:

•“Expanding Coverage to Uninsured Childless Adults: Effect on the Use of Health Care”
•“The FDA & ABCs: The Unintended Consequences of Antidepressant Warnings on Human Capital”
•“An Examination of Geographic Variation in Medicare Advantage Plans”
•“The Impact of Minimum Wage Increases on the Provision of Employer-Sponsored Insurance.”

Each panel lasts 50 minutes, with time for general discussion by those in the audience. Presenters are affiliated with a number of leading research universities, including Dartmouth, Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, Illinois-Chicago, IU Bloomington, IUPUI, Justus Liebig University (Germany), Michigan, Minnesota, Toronto and Yale.

“The large number of attendees we expect from Central Indiana -- including researchers from IUPUI economics, the IU medical school, the Regenstrief Institute, IU Bloomington and Ball State -- highlights the wealth of expertise Indiana brings to research in the economics of health and health care," Royalty said. "Our new Center for Health Economics Research benefits from and builds on that expertise.”

Support has been provided by the IUPUI Conference Fund (Office of Academic Affairs), the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and the IUPUI Department of Economics.

For more information, contact Anne Royalty at