About the Project
The studentship is offered for an outstanding early stage researcher to conduct research relevant to health economics and prioritisation in health and social care. The successful candidate will undertake econometric analysis to explore regional inequalities in health in the UK using detailed biomarker data available in a large national representative social science dataset (Understanding Society – the UK Household Longitudinal Study; https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/). Decomposition techniques will be undertaken to explore the underlying sources of these inequalities, exploring the contribution of observed neighbourhood-level characteristics, and understand their relative role, over and above individual-level characteristics and lifestyle behaviours.
The project is aligned with our core areas of work in the “Better use of existing data” in which we aim to work with the ARC East of England’s Population Evidence and Data Science theme to utilise existing data sources to support the evaluation of health and social care services and inform local decision-making. The studentship will provide comprehensive research training in a range of applied micro-econometric techniques of large datasets. A background in applied micro-econometrics and/or previous experience with using large scale survey data would be an advantage.
The ARC and UEA offer a supportive environment for PhD students, with opportunity to participate in workshops, conferences and seminar events. Regular Postgraduate workshops host a range of experts and speakers.
Contact Dr Apostolos Davillas for further information: [email protected] +44 (0)1603 59 1208 https://people.uea.ac.uk/a_davillas
Start date: 2 February 2021
Full-time, 3 years
Location: Norwich, UK
• Applicants should have a 2.1 or higher undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, a background relevant to health economics and prioritisation, and an interest in applied research relevant to health or social care. Relevant disciplines for a first degree might include economics; medicine, nursing or another applied health or social care field; health sciences; psychology; mathematics/biostatistics or another area justified to be relevant.
• A relevant Master’s degree with a strong health economics component and/or previous experience in applied health economics research are desirable.
• Candidates must meet UEA entrance requirements – see: https://www.uea.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research-degrees/how-to-apply/entry-requirements
Dr Apostolos Davillas is a Lecturer in Health Economics, University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich Medical School. His research interests are in the area of applied micro-econometrics and health economics, and cover a range of topics such as inequalities in health and health care, the demand for health care, health services utilisation and healthcare costs, the economics of obesity and disability research. On these topics, he has published in: the Journal of Health Economics; Health Economics; Social Science & Medicine; Economics & Human Biology; and other high impact interdisciplinary journals.
Davillas, A., Pudney, S. (2020). Using biomarkers to predict healthcare costs: Evidence from a UK household panel. Journal of Health Economics, 102356.
Davillas, A., Jones, A.M. (2020). Regional inequalities in adiposity in England: distributional analysis of the contribution of individual-level characteristics and the small area obesogenic environment. Economics & Human Biology, 100887.
Carrieri, V., Davillas, A., Jones, A. A latent class approach to inequity in health using biomarker data. Health Economics. https://doi.org/10.1002/hec.4022.
Davillas, A., Jones, A. (2020). Ex ante inequality of opportunity in health, decomposition and distributional analysis of biomarkers. Journal of Health Economics, 102251.
Davillas, A., Benzeval, M. (2016). Alternative measures to BMI: Exploring income-related inequalities in adiposity in Great Britain. Social Science & Medicine, 166, 223-232.
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