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Prof. Dr. Blankart, Katharina-2MP

TUES 31 JANUARY 2023, 1:00PM, 

The effects of off-label drug use on disability and medical expenditure

Does using prescription drugs off-label increase disability and medical expenditure? This paper uses a unique dataset to evaluate off-label vs. on-label drug use in the US non-institutionalized population. Patients using drugs off-label have on average $515 higher medical expenditure and work-loss cost. Pharmaceutical innovation has direct and indirect effects on off-label drug use. Market size is indicative of the fraction of treatments used off-label. Our findings have implications for regulation and welfare. We address endogeneity issues by demonstrating that patients with higher disease severity do not experience higher off-label uses and by controlling for unobserved individual and condition effects.

Katharina Blankart is an Assistant Professor at Duisburg-Essen University, an affiliate of Hamburg Center for Health Economics at the University of Hamburg and an affiliate in the Leibniz Science Campus Ruhr, a research collaboration with RWI Essen. She is an applied microeconomist interested in health, technology and innovation, the market for pharmaceuticals, and consequences of regulatory intervention in health care markets.

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TUES 22 November 2022, 12:30pm, ONLINE EVENT

The effect of the 2016 Junior Doctors contract on the retention of of trainee hospital doctors in the NHS

We investigate how changes in the remuneration for unsocial work affect the retention of trainee doctors, by exploiting the 2016 introduction of a new national contract for junior doctors in England. We implement a quasi difference-in-difference approach that identifies the effect of the contract on the retention of trainee doctors, based on the heterogeneous exposure to unsocial work and the related penalization due to the new contractual terms.      On average, we find that the 2016 contract change led to a 7.4\% 

Dr Giuseppe Moscelli is an applied economist, with my main research interests in health and labour economics. His research uses robust microeconometrics and causal inference methods and aims to provide policy makers with the tools to evaluate which interventions are beneficial to patients, workers and/or the general public. His research articles have been published in the RAND Journal of Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, Health Economics, Regional Science & Urban Economics, and Social Science and Medicine. He is the Principal Investigator of a research project funded by the Health Foundation to investigate the retention of NHS hospital workers.  

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Ethel Tungohan

 TUES 6 December 2022, 1:00pm, ONLINE EVENT

Exploring the Experiences of Health Care Workers During COVID-19 Using Photovoice

Using an intersectional approach, our goal in this paper is to analyze the results of a research study undertaken from spring 2020 to winter 2021 that used Participatory Action Research (PAR) methodology and photovoice methods to understand how Filipina care workers in Canada are faring during COVID-19. The Filipina care workers in our sample embody a range of immigration statuses (ranging from those without status to those with Canadian citizenship), working situations (ranging from those employed in unionized work places to those who are employed in non-unionized temporary agencies to those who were recently unemployed), and socioeconomic and living situations (ranging from those who own property to those living in shelters). These differences notwithstanding, we find that societal devaluation of care work has led all of the care workers in our study to face increased precariousness during the pandemic. In addition, the political backdrop of increased nativism and anti-Asian racism have also further impeded care workers' security of status. We argue that an intersectional, feminist analysis of Filipina care workers' situations during COVID-19 reveals not only the various, multiple and intersecting forms of oppression that they face but also how overlapping power structures lead to a further devaluation of their work and their worth.

Ethel Tungohan’s research looks at migrant activism, care work and social movements. She is a strong proponent of socially-engaged research and works closely with organizations such as the Migrant Resource Centre Canada (MRCC), Migrante-Alberta and Gabriela-Ontario. Recently, she collaborated with MRCC and Gabriela-Ontario on a participatory photovoice project examining the experiences of Filipina careworkers during and after COVID-19. In 2023, her solo-authored book, “Care Activism: Migrant Domestic Workers, Communities of Care, and Movement-Building” will be released by the University of Illinois Press.

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