Quantitative Methods in Health Economics


The research group 1 deals with the application of econometric methods using data from cohort and panel studies. The group supports empirical research projects at the institute and contributes to selected methods development.

As regards to contents, the group focuses on prevention and the provision of health care for chronic diseases, especially diabetes mellitus.

The research group 1 concentrates on the following main research projects:

  1. Analysis of health consequences of life course specific events, particularly retirement. Longitudinal data from the KORA research platform and the German Socioeconomic Panel (GSOEP) serves as a basis for these studies. In view of the demographic change, corresponding findings are of high societal relevance.
  2. Application of insights from the field of behavioural economics on health-related questions. New survey instruments, for example in the realm of the KORA study, are developed and, therefore, contribute to the still very young field of behavioural economics.
  3. Evaluation and development of established quantitative methods in different contexts. Examples include approaches to measure the willingness to pay for health improvements, or instruments to determine regional and social inequality. Decision makers in the health-care system are increasingly dependent on advanced methods to evaluate the consequences of their decisions.