Seminar Organizers

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


The VERB seminar takes place Mondays at 3:30 p.m. Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

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:

Fall 2021 Schedule 

Date Presenter Title Institution Paper Title
2021-09-20 Mani
Anandi Mani
Professor Oxford University, UK Stigma, Discrimination and Self-Image: Evidence from Kolkata Brothels
2021-10-04 Scott Cunningham
Scott Cunningham
Professor Baylor University, USA Mental Illness, Social Workers and Suicidality in Jail
2021-10-18 Ashely Bradford
Ashley Bradford
Ph.D. Student Indiana University, USA City Nuisance Property Ordinances and Drug Mortality
2021-10-25 Kitt Carpenter
Kitt Carpenter
Professor Vanderbilt University, USA An Overview of LGBTQ Health Economics
View Prof. Carpenter's Recording Here
View Prof. Carpenter's PowerPoint slides
2021-11-01 Jorge Aguero
Jorge Aguero
Associate Professor University of Connecticut, USA Big Sisters and Risky Sexual Behaviors

Arantxa Colchero
Arantxa Colchero

Associate Professor National Institute of Public Health, Mexico The economics of nutrition in Mexico: the case of taxes
View Prof. Colchero's Recording Here
2021-11-15 Fabrice Etile
Fabrice Etile
Professor Paris School of Economics, France Effects of alcohol price policies on alcohol markets and cancer incidence in France
2021-11-22 Diarmaid
Diarmaid O Ceallaigh
Ph.D. Candidate Erasmus School of Economics, the Netherlands Skipping your workout, again? Measuring and understanding time inconsistency in physical activity
2021-11-29 Cecilia Noboa
Cecilia Noboa
Ph.D. Candidate Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay Nudging healthy food choices


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: