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Meet the Lecturers

Inequalities in Health and Healthcare


Owen O'Donnell

Owen O’Donnell is Professor of Applied Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is a Senior Researcher at the University of Lausanne and a Research Fellow of the Tinbergen Institute, Netspar and the CESR/Schaefer Center for the Study of Health Inequality. Within the field of health economics, his research is mainly concerned with health inequality, health care equity and disability insurance. In the context of low- and middle-income countries, he is currently researching medical expenditure risk, health insurance coverage and prevention of cardiovascular disease. He has published in the Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society and Demography, among others. He is co-author of Analyzing Health Equity Using Household Survey Data and has been a consultant to the World Bank, WHO and UNICEF. He is an Editor of the Journal of Health Economics and is co-organiser of the European Workshops on Econometrics and Health Economics.

Tom van Ourti

Tom Van Ourti is a professor of applied health economics with a focus on health and inequality at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and a Research Fellow of the Tinbergen Institute. His research focuses on understanding the socio-economic health gradient, with specific interest in impact evaluation, preventive care, measurement theory of health inequalities, and the elicitation of social preferences for income and health. He has published in journals including the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, and the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, among others. He teaches applied econometrics and health economics, and was the coordinator of the master Health Economics of the Erasmus University Rotterdam between 2009 and 2020. He obtained his PhD from the University of Antwerp and has held a visiting position at the university of Melbourne and the Milken Institute School of Public Health of the George Washington University.