Richard Cookson is a Reader at the Centre for Health Economics.
Richard has research interests in equity in health and health care, the measurement of health and wellbeing, public health, competition, and pay for performance. Most of his research involves applied econometric analysis of large datasets, but he also draws upon methods from cost-effectiveness analysis, behavioural economics and economics and philosophy.
Richard is a member of the NHS Outcomes Framework Technical Advisory Group (OFTAG). He has also served on the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Technology Appraisal Committee (2002-7) and Public Health Interventions Advisory Committee (2007-9), and went on secondment to the Treasury in early 2010 as principal analyst for health, employment and social exclusion in the Prime Ministers' Delivery Unit. He helped set up the UK Health Equity Network in 1999, with support from the Nuffield Trust, Kings Fund and ESRC; organised a University of York Health Strategy Forum for senior health executives in 2010, on using evidence to improve quality and productivity; and from 2010-12 was co-chair of the economics sub-group on the WHO European Region’s review of social determinants and the health divide across Europe, led by Sir Michael Marmot.
Richard holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and a DPhil in Economics from the University of York, and an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford. After completing his doctorate, he worked at the Centre for Health Economics (1997-8), the London School of Economics LSE Health and Social Care (1998-00), the University of East Anglia School of Medicine, Health Policy and Practice (2000-6) and the University of York Department of Social Policy and Social Work (2006-10).
- equity in health and health care, the measurement of health and wellbeing, public health, competition, pay for performance
- A project mapping hospital utilisation and outcomes in six European Union countries (“ECHO” – European Collaboration for Healthcare Optimization), funded by the EU for 4 years from January 2011. The overall project is led by Enrique Bernal-Delgado, Institute for Health Sciences in Aragon, Spain, and the UK component is led by Dr Karen Bloor, University of York Department of Health Sciences, with advisory and project management input from Richard Cookson.
- Identifying appropriate methods to incorporate concerns about health inequalities into economic evaluations of health care, funded by the Department of Health Public Health Research Consortium for 2 years from April 2012. This project is led by Professor Mark Sculpher, Centre for Health Economics, with advisory and project management input from Susan Griffin and Richard Cookson.
- Richard recently completed a major project on the effects of the Blair/Brown NHS reforms on health care equity, funded by the NIHR SDO programme from 2007-10. This developed methods for measuring year-on-year change in health care equity using small area administrative data, and for identifying the equity effects of hospital competition and other geographically varying policy variables. Further information about this project can be found here.
PhD students currently supervised by Richard Cookson:
Yeunsook Rho, “Healthcare marketization and equity in Korea”, 2009-
Ricardo Rodrigues, “User choice in markets for long-term care” (jointly supervised with Caroline Glendinning from the Social Policy Research Unit)
Estela Capelas Barbosa, “Health equity and the Brazilian national health system”, 2011- (funded by DERS Departmental Teaching Fellowship)
Laetitia Schmitt, “Cost effectiveness analysis and distributional analysis of the Indian government’s actions to tackle sewage pollution in rivers” (funded by ESRC DTC Studentship from DERS)