The Health Economics Program under the direction of Professors Ulf Gerdtham (Departments of Economics and Clinical Sciences Research) and Carl Hampus Lyttkens (Department of Economics) was established in 2007 to promote health economic research and training at Lund University.
Health Economics is the application of economic theories and methods in the area of health. The Department of Economics at Lund University School of Economics and Management has a strong tradition in Health Economics, with research and teaching spanning over 40 years. The health economics group has a broad national and international collaboration with other health economists as well as medical scientists. The health economics group also collaborates with Government bodies like the Public Health Agency of Sweden, the Swedish Agency for Health and Care Services Analysis and the Ministry of Finance as well as the local Swedish county councils, which are responsible for healthcare in their regions, for example Region Skåne.
The Health Economics group conducts a wide range of applied and methodological research on the multifaceted relationship between health and economic factors/behaviors. Studies produced by the group shed light on the demand for health, investigating among other things the consequences of chronic diseases and unhealthy behaviors such as alcohol, tobacco, and obesity but also the impact of economic determinants in early life and adulthood, both at the individual level and at the macro-level, taking into account the potential health effects of recessions and booms. In addition, the Health Economics group investigates the incentives and organization within public and private health care, together with health systems organization in terms of efficiency of health care production and distribution of resources between groups in society. The Health Economics group also conducts successful research on methods and applications of economic evaluations of medical technologies and prevention.