HEDG - Health, Econometrics and Data Group

Aims

The Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) is an initiative at the University of York, involving collaboration between the Centre for Health Economics (CHE) and the Department of Economics and Related Studies (DERS).

The aim of HEDG is to provide expertise in the development and application of state-of-the-art quantitative research methods capable of informing health policy through empirical evidence.

The research focus of HEDG is the quantitative analysis of health, health-related behaviour and health care. The aim of the group is two-fold:

  • to provide empirical research evidence of the highest quality capable of informing health policy;
  • to develop and disseminate novel research methodology through the application of quantitative techniques to substantive problems of policy and/or academic relevance.

The cornerstone of this work is the application of state-of-the-art econometrics and statistical methods with a focus on the analysis of large and complex datasets from non-experimental settings. This encompasses individual-level micro-analyses together with the analysis of data collected at an aggregated level. The use of economic principles and methods is pivotal to the work of the group.

HEDG has a dedicated working paper series. The Group is also linked to an international network of researchers, including the annual European Workshops on Econometrics and Health Economics.