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


Spring 2021 Schedule

Date Presenter Title Institution Paper Title

Manisha Shah
Manisha Shah

Professor University of California, Los Angeles

Regulating Sex Markets: Lessons Learned and Policy Implications
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PowerPoint slides

2020-02-08 Ben Harrell
Ben Harrell
Ph.D. candidate Georgia State Public Health Insurance and Prescription Medications for Sexually Transmitted Infections
2021-02-15 Karen Ugarte Bravo
Karen Ugarte Bravo
Ph.D. candidate McMaster University The Impact of Mandatory Universal Pharmaceutical Insurance on Prescription Opioid Use: Evidence from Canada
2021-02-22 Cass Sunstein
Cass Sunstein
Robert Walmsley University Professor Harvard Law School

FEAST: A Framework for Behavioral Change
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2021-03-01 Nano Barahona
Nano Barahona
Ph.D. candidate Stanford University Equilibrium Effects of Food Labeling Policies
2021-03-08 Catherine Maclean
Catherine Maclean
Associate Professor Temple University Economic Studies on the Opioid Crisis: A Review
2021-03-15 Alexander Ahammer
Alexander Ahammer
Assistant Professor Johannes Kepler University Minimum Legal Drinking Age and the Social Gradient in Binge Drinking
2021-03-22 David Dragone
Davide Dragone
Associate Professor University of Bologna Theoretical models of risky health behaviors

Melissa Spence
Melissa Spencer

Ph.D. candidate University of Virginia Safer Sex? The Effect of AIDS Risk on Birth Rates
2021-04-05 Paul Gertler
Paul Gertler
Professor University of California at Berkeley

Behavioral Biases and the Effectiveness of Sugar Taxes


Christopher Ruhm
Christopher J. Ruhm

Professor University of Virginia Understanding 21st Century Mortality Trends in the United States
2021-04-19 Jody Sindelar
Jody Sindelar
Professor Yale University Assessment of vaping control policies in the US
2021-04-26 Rhys Thomas
Rhys Thomas
Postdoctoral fellow University of Southampton

The direct and spillover effects of diabetes diagnosis on health-related behaviours

2021-05-03 Anandi Mani
Anandi Mani
Professor Oxford University Stigma, Discrimination and Self-Image: Evidence from Kolkata Brothels
2021-05-10 Emilio Gutierrez
Emilio Gutierrez
Professor ITAM Taxing to Reduce Obesity
2021-05-17 Ariel Zucker
Ariel Zucker
Postdoctoral fellow University of California at Berkeley Can price discrimination incentivize behavioral change? Evidence from a randomized field experiment
2021-05-24 Stephanie von Hinke
Stephanie von Hinke
Professor University of Bristol Genetic data and risky health behaviors
2021-05-31 Tom Zohar
Tom Zohar
Ph.D. candidate Stanford University Out of Labor and into the Labor Force? The Role of Abortion Access, Social Stigma, and Financial Constraints


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: .


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: