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.

Designing alcohol taxes

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Alcohol consumption can have negative externalities. In this video, Kate Smith discusses how to design taxes when costs associated with drinking vary across people. This video was recorded at the Royal Economic Society Annual Conference in April 2017.

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Banning junk food adverts

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Banning junk food adverts

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Who receives medicaid in old age? Rules and reality

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Who receives medicaid in old age? Rules and reality

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