Health and healthcare

Research in this area encompasses both healthcare systems and individual health.

Our 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.

Our work on health includes:

  • trying to understand the relationship between socio-economic status and health;
  • examining the causes and consequences of poor health across the lifecycle;
  • the effect of individuals’ consumption decisions on health; and
  • how public policy can influence these behaviours.


We also compare levels of and inequality in health in the UK with patterns seen in other developed countries.

End-of-life medical spending in last twelve months of life is lower than previously reported

| Journal Articles

End-Of-Life Medical Spending In Last Twelve Months Of Life Is Lower Than Previously Reported

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Do schools reinforce or reduce learning gaps between advantaged and disadvantaged students? Evidence from Vietnam and Peru

| Journal Articles

This paper investigates whether disadvantaged children learn less than advantaged children when both types of children are enrolled in the same school, using data from Vietnam and Peru. Two different results emerge: in Vietnam, there is no evidence that schools are less effective for disadvantaged groups, while in Peru disadvantaged groups do learn less.

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Social care – a step forwards or a step backwards?

| Observations

Yesterday, the Conservative Party proposed changes to the rules governing who is eligible for government funding for social care, and backed away from a lifetime cap on care costs. In this observation, we discuss those changes and lay out their potential effects. Taking the population of people in their 70s in England we estimate that, on becoming in need of care in their own home, 12-17% would be eligible for state support under current rules but would not be eligible under the new rules proposed by the Conservatives. Others would find they needed to use more of their own wealth to fund the costs of care in their home before the state stepped in.

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