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Health and healthcare
Health and healthcare   Research in this area encompasses both healthcare systems and individual health. Work on healthcare systems focuses on the increased use of market mechanisms within the NHS. We examine the responses of patients, GPs, and other healthcare workers to market incentives, and the impacts upon recorded NHS activity and hospital outcomes.

Work on health has included: cross country differences in life-expectancy; the socioeconomic-health gradient, health and wellbeing amongst the older population; the effects of intra-uterine health shocks on childhood development; and, the relationship between drug enforcement and hospital admissions.

Much of this research looks at the effects of taxation and pricing on the demand for legal drugs, as well as work on the decriminalisation of illegal drugs.
Work in this area look at nutrition and health.
Work on healthcare systems focuses on the increased use of market mechanisms within the NHS.
This work includes analysis of the data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing.
This research looks at interventions to improve health and nutrition in developing countries.
Research in this area involves investigating how consumers respond to changes in prices, or tax rates for different food products, as well as how their purchasing decisions are influenced by public health campaigns or their exposure to marketing.
Research in this area has focussed on early child development in developing countries.