Economics of the Healthcare Workforce Workshop (EHWoW) - Call for papers.
Submissions are open for the ﬁrst “Economics of the Healthcare Workforce ” Workshop (EHWoW), to be held at the University of Surrey (Guildford, UK) on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th June 2023. Keynote Speakers: Prof. Carol Propper (Imperial College), Prof. David Seim (University of Stockholm). Accepted contributions can be in the following formats:
working papers and proofs of concept (short papers with preliminary results and 8-20 pages long, inclusive of tables, ﬁgures and references).
Please submit your work by 8pm GMT on 20th February 2023 at [log in para visualizar], and specify the format of your paper.
The contributions presented will be also considered for publication into a related Special Issue of Labour Economics, dedicated to the Economics of the Healthcare Workforce and edited by Dr. Giuseppe Moscelli (University of Surrey), Dr. Osea Giuntella (University of Pittsburgh) and Prof. Nicolas Ziebarth (ZEW, Cornell University). A detailed call for papers for the special issue will be circulated separately. The workshop is supported by a Health Foundation research grant.
Motivation and topic.
Health care is a labour-intensive sector that in the last two decades has experienced substantial problems in the recruitment, training and retention of healthcare professionals all over the world. Shortages of healthcare workers are endemic in low-income and developing countries, with health-care workforce issues mostly related to recruitment and training. In wealthier developed countries,
such as the U.S., the U.K. and Sweden, the delivery of health care is instead mostly aﬀected by problems related to the retention and training of healthcare workers. These issues and trends have been further exacerbated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and are highly problematic due to the role played by healthcare workers in providing timely, eﬀective and high-quality care to patients. As the global healthcare workers’ crisis deepens, there is an increasing need of empirical evidence and theoretical models to guide the action of governments and policy-makers.
Papers submitted should address the economics of the healthcare workforce in this context. Suggestive topics include:
• Healthcare workers’ supply, e.g.: The relationship between monetary incentives, non-monetary incentives and the retention/recruitment of healthcare workers.
• Healthcare workers’ demand, e.g.: Determinants of variation in provider level vacancy rates, and their effect on patient outcomes.
• Healthcare workers’ mobility, e.g.: Migration of healthcare professional and medium-long term sustainability of healthcare systems.
• Healthcare workers’ location, e.g.: Disparities in healthcare staffing (i.e. nurses, physicians) between rural and urban providers during COVID-19.
• Healthcare workers’ training and human capital, e.g.: The impact of clinical education and on-the-job training of healthcare workers on career progression within health care and patient outcomes.
• Healthcare workforce and productivity in health care, e.g.: The relationship between healthcare workers’ labour supply and patient outcomes.
• Healthcare workers’ working conditions and mental health, e.g.: Determinants and effects of physician/nurse mental health and burnout; protective mechanisms at organization level to prevent burnout and improve mental health of healthcare workers.
• Patient-derived demand for healthcare workers, e.g.: Demand for health care and demand for clinical education and specialization training after the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Healthcare workforce and innovation, e.g.: Telemedicine and the division of labour within health care.
The submission is open to both empirical and theoretical contributions on the themes above, with the aim to ﬁll gaps in the economic literature and to provide foundations for future evidence-based
policies. For empirical papers: papers set in any country context are welcome; preference will be given to studies employing robust methodologies that allow for a causal interpretation of the eﬀects of interest.
• Scientiﬁc committee: Marisa Miraldo (Imperial College), Elaine Kelly (IFS), Catia Nicodemo (University of Oxford, University of Verona), Anne-Sophie Oxholm (University of Southern Denmark), Susan Mendez (Melbourne Institute), Osea Giuntella (University of Pittsburgh), Joan Madia (University of Oxford), Jacub Lonsky (University of Liverpool), Nicolas Ziebarth (ZEW, University of Mannheim, Cornell University), Nirman Saha (University of Surrey).
• Local organizers: Giuseppe Moscelli, Melisa Sayli, Marco Mello, Jo Blanden.
• Decision of acceptance: 24/03/2023.
• The University of Surrey (Guildford, United Kingdom) is located at a 40 minutes train ride from London Waterloo Station.
• The workshop will host up to 10 long presentations with a discussant, and up to 10 short presentations.
• Attendance to the workshop is open up to 50 participants.
• Participation costs: meals will be provided to all presenters and participants, inclusive of the gala dinner. Travel and accommodation costs to the workshop will be covered by participants.
Dr. Giuseppe Moscelli,
Associate Professor in Economics
School of Economics
University of Surrey
Guildford, GU2 7XH, UK
Room 10, AD Building, Ground Floor
Office number: +44(0)1483 68 2778