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Health Economics

Health Economics at Health Services and Systems Research, Singapore

Health systems in Singapore, in Southeast Asia, and internationally face constant demands on economic and health care resources. At Duke-NUS HSSR, we conduct research with an emphasis on rigorous economic and econometric analyses to understand health care costs, quality and access, and provide technical assistance in the development of health care policy. The fields of study include behavioral health economics, econometrics, health services and systems, health policy, and global health.  Focused areas of research include obesity, food policy, population aging, chronic diseases, health expenditure surveys, demography, stated preference methods, and econometric methods in health services research. 


Ongoing local projects seek to evaluate the efficacy of physical activity interventions for children, employees and older adults; compare the effect of traditional economic incentives versus behavioral incentives to influence obesity-related behaviors and weight loss; examine the role of health status in older workers’ employment decisions; examine female adolescents’ preferences for an HPV vaccination program; and determine the cost-effectiveness of treatments for cancer, eye disease, and epilepsy.


Internationally, recent HSSR health economics research has focused on the evaluation of US menu-labeling legislation, the health and economic impacts of population aging in South Korea and other East Asian nations, and the impact of targeted sugar-sweetened beverage taxes.


Local grants include A Blueprint for Identifying a Successful Walking Program Targeting Singaporeans Age 50 and Above and the Labour Market Impact of Caregiving in Singapore, both funded by the National University of Singapore (NUS) Virtual Institute for the Study of Ageing (VISA).