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VERB Seminars

Virtual Seminar on the Economics of Risky Health Behaviors (VERB)

Seminar Organizers

Tinna Laufey Ásgeirsdóttir, University of Iceland, Iceland

Ana Inés Balsa, Universidad de Montevideo, Uruguay

John Cawley, Cornell University, USA

Hans van Kippersluis, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands


The VERB seminar takes place Mondays at 3:30 p.m. Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

Our goal is to encourage participation by researchers worldwide. One challenge to that is that different parts of the world vary in their use of daylight savings time. The solution to this is to set the time of the seminar using Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). To determine your local time on a given date, you can use an online calculator such as this: https://time.is/compare/UTC.

Spring 2022 Schedule
Date Presenter Title Institution Paper Title
2022-02-21 Darwin Cortes Professor Universidad del Rosario, Colombia Contraception, Intrahousehold Behaviour and Epidemic: Evidence from the Zika Virus epidemic in Colombia
2022-03-07 Michael French Professor University of Miami, USA Risky Behaviors and Traffic Fatalities
2022-03-21 Meltem Daysal Associate Professor University of Copenhagen, Denmark Do antidepressants improve academic achievement?
2022-04-04 Markus Gehrsitz Senior Lecturer in Economics University of Strathclyde, Scotland Does a Spoonful of Sugar Levy Help the Calories Go Down? An Analysis of the UK Soft Drinks Industry Levy (with Alex Dickson and Jonathan Kemp)
2022-04-25 Michele Belot Professor Cornell University, USA Economics of dietary habits
2022-05-02 Rosalie Pacula Professor University of Southern California, USA The Impact of Recreational Cannabis Laws on Cannabis Related Health Encounters in Colorado (view Prof. Pacula’s recording here)
2022-05-16 Erdal Tekin Professor American University, USA Random Incidents of Gun Violence and Wellbeing of Individuals and Communities
2022-05-30 Ludovica Giua Assistant Professor University of Cagliari, Italy Intimate partner violence and help-seeking: The role of femicide news

Advisory Board

The VERBVirtual Seminar on the Economics of Risky Health Behaviors will begin in September 2020.  It is an adaptation to the situation faced by our universities during the COVID-19 epidemic, and will allow researchers worldwide to share information about their research on the economics of health behaviors, including smoking, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, poor diet, physical inactivity, obesity, risky sex, self-harm, and suicide.  Studies may examine causes of these behaviors, their consequences, or the effects of policies or interventions to prevent and reduce these behaviors.

Presentations in this seminar will mainly be of two types. First, there will be presentations of single research papers, as is common in most university seminars. These will largely be reserved for early-career scholars, including advanced graduate students, postdocs, and assistant professors. These will not be recorded unless the presenter requests.  Second, there will be “keynotes” by senior scholars, who will present an overview of an entire area of research related to the economics of health behaviors. These will be recorded and available for professors to assign to students as part of the curriculum of their health economics courses.

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This seminar is one of several virtual seminars being offered in health economics. You may also wish to check out: