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The origins of health economic evaluation: What can we learn from history?

Thursday 7 February 2019, 2.00PM to - 3.15pm

Speaker(s): Philip Clarke, Professor of Health Economics and Director of HERC, University of Oxford

Abstract: This seminar provides a broad overview of the development of economic methods for evaluating public health and medical interventions prior to the 1970s in 3 sections:

a) Attempts to place a monetary value on life during the Victorian era;
b) Early contributions, such as the work of Chapin and Sydenstricker, to evaluate public health interventions prior to World War II;
c) Development of economic evaluation during and after World War II, particularly the development of methods both by the US military and by public health researchers. 

The seminar will identify commonalities in the problems and methods of evaluation, as well as early attempts to use economic evaluation for policy analysis in the UK. It will end with a list of five classic papers all health economists should read to appreciate the history of their discipline.

Location: Alcuin A Block A019/20

Who to contact

For more information on these seminars, contact:

Maria Jose Aragon
Cristobal Cuadrado

If you are not a member of University of York staff and are interested in attending the seminar, please contact so that we can ensure we have sufficient space

CHE Seminar Programme

  • Thursday 10 June
    Marisa Miraldo,
    Imperial College London
  • Thursday 8 July
    Danny Palnoch,
    NHS England
  • Thursday 2 September
    Roxanne Kovacs,
    University of Gothenburg
  • Thursday 7 October
    Anne Sophie Oxholm, 
    Danish Centre for Health Economics, University of Southern Denmark
  • Thursday 4 November
    Hareth Al-Janabi, University of Birmingham
  • Thursday 2 December
    Sarah Byford,
    King’s College London

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