About the Project
This PhD aims at measuring the relative contributions of demand and supply factors to regional variation in health care use and expenditure in England. The specific objectives include: developing and applying alternative empirical strategies based either on the methods currently used to produce resource allocation formulae or on tracking patients over time; comparing results and understanding what is driving differences between approaches; and determining the suitability of each method for different analytical purposes. Results will be helpful to advance methods for equitable resource allocation.
The project will require the application of advanced micro-econometric techniques to linkable national patient level data available over time
The supervisory team combines extensive research experience in the analysis of equity in health care use and expenditure using national level administrative data with a focus on regional variation, and a track record of successful supervision of doctoral students.
Training/techniques to be provided:
The candidate will receive training in: data cleaning, management, linkage and analysis of very large national datasets, with a particular focus on patient level data; measurement of health care use and expenditure and equity and inequality in health and health care; impact evaluation and causal inference econometrics and statistical techniques.
Candidates are expected to hold (or be about to obtain) an excellent quality Masters degree (or equivalent) in Economics or Health Economics. For information on how to apply for this project, please visit the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Doctoral Academy website (https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/research/apply/). Informal enquiries may be made directly to the primary supervisor.
For international students we also offer a unique 4 year PhD programme that gives you the opportunity to undertake an accredited Teaching Certificate whilst carrying out an independent research project across a range of biological, medical and health sciences. For more information please visit www.internationalphd.manchester.ac.uk
As an equal opportunities institution we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.
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