Medellín, Bogotá and Washington DC: A route to promote research

UM professor Ana Balsa participated in international conferences and workshops connected to Health Economics.

Ana Balsa, professor and researcher of the School of Business and Economics,
participated from October 1st – 3rd in the conference for the Latin American Association of Health Economics in Medellín. Held every two years, the conference is organized by the University of Antioquia, and reunites researchers from different associations involved with health economics in Latin America. Dr. Balsa spoke about the role of behavioural economy in health politics, for instance the promotion of healthy habits.

At the same time, she co-organized the first annual encounter with the Health Economics network through the Latin American and Caribbean Economics Association (LACEA), which took place at the University of Rosario, Bogotá, on October 4th and 5th. These workshops sought to promote the exchange of quality research between Latin American scholars or members of the field of in Health Economics in Latin America.

Ten papers were presented on the effects of contamination, the economic shocks, the types of monetary incentives, the occupational role of women in health and the different roles that men and women adopt, as well as the access to health insurance and the amount of hours that are spent working in health-related jobs. Professors Jere Behrman and Marcos Vera Hernández gave lectures on the effects of nutrition and the impacts of pay on health processes and results.

In concluding her route, Dr. Balsa gave a conference on the Economics of Behaviour, Health, and Education at the Interamerican Bank of Development in Washington D.C.