Tinna Ana John Hans
Tinna Laufey Ásgeirsdóttir,
University of Iceland,
Ana Inés Balsa,
Universidad de Montevideo,
John Cawley,
Cornell University,  USA
Hans van Kippersluis,
Erasmus University
Rotterdam, Netherlands



Date Presenter Institution Paper Title

Pietro Biroli
Pietro Biroli

University of Zurich Genes, Pubs, and Drinks: Gene-environment interplay and alcohol licensing policy in the United Kingdom
2020-09-21 Eva Rye Johnsen
Eva Rye Johansen
Aarhus University Relative Age for Grade and Adolescent Risky Health Behavior: Evidence on Abortions and Alcohol Poisonings
2020-09-28 Patricia Ritter
Patricia Ritter
University of Connecticut The Effect of Piped Water at Home on Childhood Overweight Rate. Experimental Evidence from Urban Morocco
2020-10-05 Mariana Gerstenbluth
Mariana Gerstenbluth
Universidad de la República Repugnant Warnings, Addiction, and Rational Choice
2020-10-12 Anne Burton
Anne Burton
Cornell University The Impact of Smoking Bans in Bars and Restaurants on Alcohol Consumption, Smoking, and Social Welfare
2020-10-19 Augustine Denteh
Augustine Denteh
Tulane University The Effect of SNAP on Obesity in the Presence of Endogenous Misreporting
2020-10-26 Mirjam Reutter
Mirjam Reutter
European University Institute (EUI) The Morning After: Prescription-Free Access to Emergency Contraceptive Pills
2020-11-02 Claudio Headshot
Claudio Deiana 
University of Cagliari Opium Price Shocks and Prescription Opioids in the US

Abby Headshot
Abby Alpert

University of Pennsylvania Origins of the Opioid Crisis and Its Enduring Impacts
2020-11-16 FP Headshot
Francesco Principe
Erasmus School of Economics

Health's Kitchen: TV, Edutainment and Nutrition


Eleonora Patacchini
Eleonora Patacchini 

Cornell University Dynamic Social Interactions and Health Risk Behavior
2020-11-30 Pablo Celhay
Pablo Celhay
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile When a Strike Strikes Twice: Massive Student Mobilizations and Teenage Pregnancy in Chile
2020-12-7 Monica Deza
Monica Deza
Hunter College, City University of New York

The Intergenerational Effects of the Vietnam Draft on Risky Behaviors

2020-12-14 Federico Crudu
Federico Crudu
University of Siena Family Ties and Child Obesity in Italy


The VERB seminar takes place Mondays at 3:30 p.m. Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Currently that equates to, e.g.:
7:30am-8:30am Pacific Time
10:30am-11:30am Eastern Time
3:30pm-4:30pm GMT
4:30pm-5:30pm Central European Summer Time

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: .


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.

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