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
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: https://time.is/compare/UTC .
The VERB: Virtual 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.