Welcome to the Health Economics Research Unit website. HERU has been at the cutting edge of economic research into health for over thirty years. We pride ourselves on the high quality of our empirical and methodological research. Our research aims to make a real difference both to the effectiveness and delivery of health services and to the health of populations in Scotland and other countries.
Research Assessment Exercise 2008
Staff from HERU made a major contribution to the University's submission to Unit of Assessment 7 (UoA 7), Health Services Research by being returned with the highest scoring return for the University of Aberdeen. With a grade point average of 3.05, HERU was joint top of the UK league in health services research. For further information click here.
The main office in HERU is manned Monday - Friday, 0830 - 1630
The latest HERU Briefing Paper, 'Smoking-related disease risk, area deprivation and health behaviours' .is available for download.
Two HERU staff have recently been promoted within the University. Paul McNamee has been promoted to Professor of Health Economics and Verity Watson has been promoted to Senior Research Fellow. In addition, Daryll Archibald has passed his PhD viva. Congratulations to all involved!
The latest HERU Newsletter (August 2013) has been published. The newsletter focusses on the new MSc on the Economics of Health being offered at HERU and on research within the Behaviour, Health and Health Systems Programme.
HERU contributed to a recent report published by the Glasgow Centre of Population Health. The report presents new data on a range of hypotheses, including differences in time and risk preferences, which may help explain Glasgow's 'excess' mortality. The report and appendices can be found on the GCPH website.
The HERU 2012 Annual Report is available for download.
A 3 day workshop - Using Discrete Choice Experiments in Health Economics: Theoretical and Practical Issues will be held in Aberdeen in November 2013. More details are available in the Conferences and Workshop section of the HERU website.
NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL.
Anyone interested in participating can still email Alison Horne to be put on the waiting list.
Dr Yu Aoki has been awarded the Cairncross Prize for the best paper presented by a young economist at this years' Scottish Economic Society Conference. The paper is entitled "An outcome of free labour supply: effects of volunteer work on mortality. A natural experiment using earthquake shocks in Japan".
Researchers are to look at how the roles of health professionals across Europe have changed and extended to meet today's healthcare needs. Click here for more details.
The latest HERU Briefing Paper (April 2013) is available online. This paper reports on a study to incorporate public preferences into health care resource allocation decisions by using a discrete choice experiment. The paper is by HERU researchers Verity Watson and Mandy Ryan with Andrew Carnon and Derek Cox from Dumfries & Galloway.
In a recently published article in the Journal of Health Economics, Professor Mandy Ryan, who has been with the Health Economics Research Unit (HERU) at the University of Aberdeen since 1987, is ranked amongst the top health economists in the world. To read more click here.
The final report on the evaluation of the quit4u smoking cessation scheme, which combines structured behavioural support and pharmacotherapy with financial incentives, is now available in the publications pagesof the NHS Health Scotland website.
HERU together with the Department of Economics will be offering a new MSc in the Economics of Health at the University of Aberdeen starting in the 2012/13 academic year. Click here to read more...
Researchers from HERU were recently awarded a grant by the MRC Methodology Research Panel to investigate mode effects in stated preferences survey research. This 30 month project will be led by Dr Verity Watson in collaboration with Dr Terry Porteous (Academic Primary Care and Prof. Mandy Ryan (HERU). For more information clickhere.