Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Health Economics

The health economics unit of the Department of Economics and Finance is mainly based in the Rome campus, but shares several connections, in terms of joint research projects, with other Department’s members  based in Milan.
Research conducted by members of this area is mainly empirical and focuses on different topics in health economics and health policy evaluation, with several intersections with respect to regional economics, public finance, political economy and microeconomics.
One relevant field of research is the evaluation of productivity and efficiency of health care services, with particular focus on the use of inappropriate treatments (e.g., C-sections), the role of market incentives, the effects of fiscal decentralization on well-being, and the analysis of technology diffusion and medical staff productivity.
Two other streams of research are connected to ongoing strategic projects in which the Department of Economics and Finance is involved, and are relative to evidence-based policies on  the socioeconomic effects of migration, and on health and income inequalities.   

Among the research contributions of Department’s members in this area are:

  • Celidoni, M., with L. Pieroni and L. Salmasi. 2019. “Further evidence on the effect of Clean Indoor Air Laws on smoking: the Italian case.”, Southern Economic Journal. Forthcoming.
  • Le Moglie M., Turati G. (2019), Electoral cycle bias in the media coverage of corruption news, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 163, 140-157.
  • Perucca G., Piacenza M., Turati G. (2019), Spatial Inequality in Access to Health care: Evidence from an Italian Alpine Region, Regional Studies, vol. 53, n. 4, 478-489.
  • Joan Costa-i-Font, Gilberto Turati (2018), Regional health care decentralization in unitary states: equal spending, equal satisfaction?, Regional Studies, vol. 52, n. 7, 974-985.
  • Salmasi, L., with E. Capobianco. 2018. “Use of instrumental variables in electronic health record-driven models”. Statistical Methods in Medical Research. 27(2):608-621.
  • M. Di Giacomo, M. Piacenza, L. Siciliani, G. Turati (2017), Do Public Hospitals Respond to Changes in DRG Price Regulation? The Case of Birth Deliveries in the Italian NHS, Health Economics, vol. 26, n. S2, 23-37.
  • Pieroni, L., with L. Salmasi. 2017. “The economic impact of smoke-free policies on restaurants, cafés and bars: panel data estimates from the European countries”. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. 36(4):853-79.
  • Pasqualini, M., with D. Lanari, L. Minelli, L. Pieroni and L. Salmasi. 2017. “Health and Income Inequalities in Europe: What Is the Role of Circumstances?” Economics and Human Biology. 26:164-173.
  • Celidoni, M., with L. Salmasi. 2017. “Investigating the Poverty-Obesity Paradox in Europe”. Economics and Human Biology. 26:70-85.
  • L. Cappellari, A. De Paoli, G. Turati (2016), Do Market Incentives for Hospitals Affect Health and Service Utilization? Evidence from PPS-DRG Tariffs in Italian Regions, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A, vol. 179, n. 4, 885-905.
  • Pieroni, L., with L. Salmasi. 2015. “The effect of smoking habit changes on body weight: Evidence from the UK”. Economics and Human Biology. 20(C):1-13.
  • Salmasi, L., with L. Pieroni. 2015. “Immigration policy and birth weight: positive externalities in Italian law”. Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier. 2015. 43(C), pages 128-139.
  • Pieroni, L., with L. Salmasi. 2015. “Does cigarette smoking affect body weight? Causal estimates from the Clean Indoor Air Law discontinuity”. Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 82(328), pages 671-704.
  • M. Francese, M. Romanelli, M. Piacenza, G. Turati (2014) Understanding Inappropriateness in Health Spending: The Role of Regional Policies and Institutions in Caesarean Deliveries, Regional Science and Urban Economics, vol. 49, 262-277.
  • Piacenza, G. Turati (2014), Does Fiscal Discipline towards Sub-national Governments Affect Citizens’ Well-being? Evidence on Health, Health Economics, vol. 23, n. 2, 199-224.
  • Pieroni, L., with L. Salmasi. 2014. “Fast-food consumption and body weight. Evidence from the UK”. Food Policy. 46:94-95.