Health Economics


Alberta Health Economics Study Group 2020

On behalf of the Network of Alberta Health Economists, Institute of Health Economics, the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary (the O’Brien Institute for Public Health and the School of Public Policy), Alberta Health Services, and Alberta Health, we are pleased to announce the upcoming Alberta Health Economics Study Group (AHESG) Annual Seminar, taking place October 2nd 2020, in Calgary, AB. This seminar aims to bring together Alberta-based health economists for a day of lively discussion about current research and provides a networking opportunity.

Event Details

Date: October 2, 2020

Seminar: Friday, Octover 2
Venue: University of Calgary Downtown Campus (CNOOC Space)
Location: 906 8th Avenue SW, 5th Floor, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 1H9 (Map link)


Register to attend the Alberta Health Economics Study Group 2019!


  • Alberta Health Economics Study Group 2020 Agenda – Coming soon

Please Note: NOAHE will provide transportation and one night’s accommodations for Edmonton-based registrants – details to follow.


AHESG 2019 – Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts for the Alberta Health Economics Study Group 2020 opened on April 1, 2020. The deadline for abstract submissions is July 3, 2020.

Abstract submission deadline is July 3, 2020. If your abstract is selected, you will be asked to submit a draft paper by September 2, 2020. Please see below for more information on abstract criteria.

Abstract Criteria

  • 400 words maximum
  • The following abstract structure is preferred, although a different structure can also be used:
    • Aims
    • Methods
    • Data
    • Results (if any)
    • Conclusions
    • Note: Please do not include tables/graphics/diagrams/symbols in your abstract.
  • Abstracts of work in progress are acceptable - abstract submissions do not require results.

Submission Instructions

Abstract submission deadline is July 3rd, 2020. Please submit abstracts, and/or questions, by email to

he Alberta Health Economics Study Group (AHESG) aims to bring together Alberta based health economists for a day of lively discussion about current research and will provide an opportunity for networking. The objective of AHESG meetings is to promote a study group atmosphere despite large numbers. All papers are pre-circulated and discussed in 45 minute-long sessions using discussants rather than author presentations. This session will focus on the research of students and trainees and will be a great opportunity to get feedback on early draft papers. The AHESG welcomes people from all backgrounds with an interest in Health Economics.

Using Discrete Choice Experiments in Health Economics: Theoretical and Practical Issues

Finite public resources coupled with an increasing demand for health care means that decisions must be made about how to most efficiently allocate the scarce health care budget. This requires information about costs and benefits of health care. Health economists have developed techniques that can provide values for health care benefits. A technique that is increasingly used for this purpose is the discrete choice experiment (DCE) method.

DCEs are now widely applied to value health and health care. Furthermore, DCEs are a potential method to recognise the importance of patient centred care, and to value patient experiences in the delivery of health care. DCEs are also applied more widely to consider population and health care professionals’ preferences in many areas of health policy.

Aims of the Short Course

1. Introduction to the theoretical basis for, and development and application of discrete choice experiments (DCEs) in health economics.

2. Hands on experience of the design of DCEs, questionnaire development, data input, analysis and interpretation.

3. An update on methodological issues raised in the application of DCEs.

View DCE course agenda PDF

Who Should Attend

This short course is aimed at those interested in the application of DCEs in health economics and will focus on the practical and theoretical issues raised when applying the technique. The workshop will include group work sessions. No knowledge of economics or DCEs is assumed. Prior experience with regression analysis may be an advantage.

Each participant will receive a full documentation pack containing:

  • the teaching materials
  • group work and answers
  • copy of the book “Using discrete choice experiments to value health and health care” by M Ryan, K Gerard and M Amaya-Amaya
  • a bibliography of relevant resources

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops with trial Software versions of NGene ( and Stata ( pre-installed.

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DCE course agenda


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