Health Economics and Policy


“LSE Companion to Health Policy “(with McGuire A), Elgar Edward, 2012.

“Long Term Care Financing in Europe: Institutions, Markets and Models” (with Courbage, C). Palgrave , 2011.

“Reforming Long Term care in Europe”. Broadening Perspectives in Social Policy, Wiley -Blackwell, 2011.

“The Economics of New Health Technologies. Incentives, organisation and Financing”, Oxford University Press, 2009 (co-editor Courbage, C and McGuire, A).


A. Health Care Insurance Design

“Do you have to win it to fix it? A longitudinal study of lottery winner and their health care demand (with Cheng, T and Powdthavee, N). American Journal of Health Economics, 2016, in press.

“Eliciting Health Care Priorities in Developing Countries: Experimental Evidence from Guatemala” (with Rovira, J and Sato, A). Health Policy and Planning, 2016, 31(1): 67- 74.

“Participatory Health System Priority Setting: Evidence from a Budget Experiment” (with Rovira, J and Sato, A). Social Science and Medicine, 2015, 146: 182-190.

“The “Weisbrod Quadrilemma” revisited: insurance incentives on new health technologies” (with McGuire, A and Serra, V). Geneva Papers of Risk and Insurance, 2012, 37 (4): 678-95.

“Health Systems Futures: The Challenges of Technology, Prevention and Insurance” (with Sato, A). Futures, 2012, 44: 696–703.

“Biases in the Health Care Luxury Good Hypothesis? A Meta-regression Analysis” (with M Gemmill-Toyama and G Rubert). Journal of the Royal Statistical Society – Series A, 2011 : 174, 95–107.

“The Secession of the Wealthy: Demand for Private Health Insurance and Support for the National health System,” (with M Jofre-Bonet). Bulletin of Economic Research, 2008, 60(3): 265-285.

“Are Private Health Insurance Subscribers Unsatisfied with the Spanish National Health System?”, (with M Jofre-Bonet). Geneva Papers of Risk and Insurance, 2006, 31 (4): 650-668.

“Diversity and regional inequalities: assessing the outcomes of the Spanish ‘system of health care services’, (with G López-Casasnovas and I Planas). Health Economics, 2005, 14(S): S221–S235.

“Eliciting Preferences for Collectively Financed Health Programs: the ‘Willingness to Assign’ Approach,” (with J Rovira). Applied Economics, 2005, 37(14): 1571–1583.

“National Health Service use, captive preferences and the demand for private health insurance in Spain”, (with M Font Vilalta). Geneva Papers of Risk and Insurance, 2004, 29(4): 706-719.

“Demand for Private Health Insurance: How Important is the Quality Gap?,” (with J Garcia). Health Economics, 2003, 12(7): 587-599. [

B. Ageing and Long Term Care 

“Careful in the Crisis? Determinants of Older People’s Informal Care Receipt in CrisisStruck European Countries” (with Karlsson, M and H Øien). Health Economics, 2016, in press.

“Partnership program for long-term care insurance: the right model for addressing uncertainties with the future?” (with Swartz, K and Bergquist, S) Ageing and Society, 2016, 36 (9): 1779-1793.

“Crowding Out of Long-Term Care Insurance: Evidence from European Expectations data” (with Courbage, C). Health Economics, 2015, 24: S74–S88.

“Financing Long Term Care: Ex-Ante, Ex-Post or Both? (with Swartz, K and Courbage, C) Health Economics, 2015, 24: S45–S57

“What is the impact of policy differences on nursing home utilization? The cases of Germany and the Netherlands” (with Alders, P, Frank, R and M de Klerk). Health Policy, 2015, 119: 814-820.

“Family Ties and the Crowding Out of Long Term Care Insurance”. Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 2010, 26(4): 691-712.

“Ageing, health, and health care” (with Breyer, F and Felder, S).Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 2010, 26(4): 674-90

“Housing Wealth and Housing Decisions in Old Age: Sale and Reversion” (with J Gil and O Mascarilla). Housing Studies, 2010, 25(3): 375 — 395.

“Ageing in Place’? An Examination of Elderly people housing preferences in Spain,”(with O Mascarilla and D Elvira). Urban Studies, 2009, 46(2): 295–316.

“Relative income and attitudes towards long term care financing,” (with A Garcia and M Font-Vilalta). Geneva Papers of Risk and Insurance, 2008, 33(4): 673-93.

“Who is willing to pay for long-term care insurance?” (with J Rovira). Health Policy, 2008, 86(1): 72–84.

“Projecting long-term care expenditure in four European Union member states: the influence of demographic scenarios” (with R Wittenberg, C Patxot, A Comas-Herrera, C Gori , L Pickard H Rothgang). Social Indicators Research, 2008, 86 (2): 303-321.

“Housing assets and the socio-economic determinants of health and disability in old age”. Health and Place, 2008, 14 (3):478-491.

“Modelling an entitlement to long-term care services for older people in Europe: projections for long-term care expenditure to 2050, ” (with R Wittenberg, C Patxot, A Comas-Herrera, C Gori, L Pickard H Rothgang). Journal of European Social Policy, 2007, 17 (1): 33-48.

“Means Testing and the Heterogeneity of Housing Assets: Funding Long-Term Care in Spain,” (with O Mascarilla and D Elvira). Social Policy & Administration, 2006, 40(5): 543–559.

“Future long-term care expenditure in Germany, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom,” (with R Wittenberg, C Patxot, A Comas-Herrera, C Gori, L Pickard H Rothgang). Ageing & Society, 2006, 26(1): 285-302.

“The intergenerational impact of long-term care financing alternatives in Spain,” (with C Patxot). Geneva Papers of Risk and Insurance, 2004, 29(4):599-620.

C. Medicines Reimbursement

“Is Medicines Parallel Trade ‘Regulatory Arbitrage’?” International Journal of Health Economics and Management, 2016, in press.

“Regulation Effects on the Adoption of New Medicines” (with McGuire, A and Varol, N). Empirical Economics, 2015, 49(3): 1101-1121.

“Price Regulation and Relative Delays in Generic Drug Adoption” (with McGuire, A and Varol, N). Journal of Health Economics, 2014, 38, 1-9.

“Brand loyalty, patients and limited generic medicines uptake” (with Rudisill, C and Tan, S). Health Policy, 2014, 116 (2-3): 224–233.

“Do International Launch Strategies of Pharmaceutical Corporations Respond to Changes in the Regulatory Environment?”(with Varol, N and McGuire, A) Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 2012, 34(3): 531-553.

“Does Cost Sharing really reduce Inappropriate Prescriptions among the Elderly?” (with M Gemmill-Toyama). Health Policy, 2011, 101 (2): 195-208.

“Competition in off-patent drug markets: Issues, regulation and evidence,” (with P Kanavos and L Sheeley). Economic Policy, 2008, 23(55): 497–538.

“In Search of a Corrected Prescription Drug Elasticity Estimate: A Meta-Regression Approach,” (with M Gemmill and A McGuire). Health Economics, 2007, 16(6): 627- 643.

“Determinants of Out-of-pocket Pharmaceutical Expenditure and Access to Drugs in Catalonia,” (with P Kanavos and J Rovira). Applied Economics, 2007, 39(5): 541-551.

“Product differentiation, competition and regulation of new drugs: the case of statins in four European countries,” (with P Kanavos and McGuire, A). Managerial and Decision Economics, 2007, 28(4-5):455-465.

“Insurance Coverage and the Heterogeneity of Health and Drug Spending in the United States” (with P Kanavos and M Gemmill) Geneva Papers of Risk and Insurance, 2006, 31 (4): 669-691.

“Pharmaceutical Parallel Trade in Europe: Impact on Stakeholders and Competition Effects,” (with P Kanavos). Economic Policy, 2005, 20(44): 753-798. [


D. Health and Social Disadvantage

“Concentration indices of income related self-reported health: a meta-regression analysis” Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 2015, 37(4): 619-633.

“Income Inequalities in Unhealthy Lifestyles in England and Spain” (with Hernandez-Quevedo, C and Jiménez-Rubio, D). Economics and Human Biology, 2014, 13: 66-75.

“Measuring health inequality with categorical data: some regional patterns” (with Cowell, F). Research in Economic Inequality, 2013, 21: 53-76.

“Intergenerational and Socioeconomic Gradients of Child Obesity” (with Gil, J). Social Science Medicine, 2013, 93(1): 29-37.

“Measuring Inequalities in Health: What do we Know? What do we need to Know?” (with Hernandez-Quevedo, C) . Health Policy, 2012, 106(2): 195-206.

“Persistence despite Action” Health Inequalities in England, 1997-2007” (with McGuire, A and Hernandez, C).Health Policy, 2011, 103(2-3), 149– 159.

“Decomposing Body Mass Index Gaps Between Mediterranean Countries: A Counterfactual Quantile Regression Analysis” (with D Fabbri and J Gil). Economics and Human Biology 2009, 7(3): 351–365.

“Exploring the pathways of inequality in health access and financing in decentralised Spain,” (with J Gil). Journal of European Social Policy, 2009, 19 (5): 446-458.

“What lies behind socio-economic inequalities in obesity in Spain? A decomposition approach,” (with J Gil). Food Policy, 2008, 33 (1): 61-73.

“Would Socio-Economic Inequalities in Depression fade away with Income Transfers?,” (with J Gil). Journal of Happiness Studies, 2008, 9(4): 539-558.

“Obesity and the incidence of chronic diseases: a seemingly unrelated probit approach (with J Gil). Economics and Human Biology, 2005, 3(2):188-214. [

E. Other

“Publication Selection in Health Policy Research: the Winner’s course hypothesis” (with McGuire, A and Stanley, T). Health Policy, 2013, 109 (1): 78– 87.

“Evaluating Mental Health Care and Policy in Spain” (with Luis Salvador-Carulla, J Cabases, David McDaid, J Alonso). Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, 2010, 13(2): 73-86.