Population Health Science Research Workshop 2018

8 a.m.—4 p.m. October 12, 2018

We are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Population Health Science Research Workshop (PHS2018), to be held at Boston University School of Public Health. The workshop is designed to bring together scholars from economics, epidemiology, demography, and related disciplines to present papers on topics related to population health. The workshop will feature rigorous empirical work on the methodological or content frontiers of population health research.

PHS2018 will run one full day with no concurrent sessions, to enable in-depth discussion of the presented work. We anticipate presentations and discussion of nine papers, with 40 minutes allocated to each paper. To ensure an atmosphere conducive to discussion, in-person meeting participation is limited to presenters and discussants.

This year, the Population Health Science Research Workshop will be live-streamed here on the PHX site. The live stream is open to all with registration. Because the workshop is a “closed conference,” the live stream and workshop papers will be accessible only to registered participants.

Please register here to receive email updates with the PHS2018 program, access to the workshop paper repository, and instructions on how to live stream the event here at PHX.

Please email us at pophlth@bu.edu with any questions.

Co-sponsored with the Boston University Global Development Policy (GDP) Center.

PHS Advisory Committee

  • David Canning, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Global Health and Population
  • Willa Friedman, University of Houston, Department of Economics
  • Mahesh Karra, Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies
  • Grant Miller, Stanford University, Stanford Health Policy
  • Arijit Nandi, McGill University, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health
  • Emily Oster, Brown University, Department of Economics
  • Julia Raifman, Boston University School of Public Health, Health, Law, Policy, and Management
  • Sherri Rose, Harvard Medical School, Health Care Policy
  • Molly Schnell, Northwestern University, Department of Economics and Kellogg School
  • Hannes Schwandt, Northwestern University, School of Education and Social Policy
  • Andrew Stokes, Boston University School of Public Health, Global Health
  • Alexander Tsai, Massachusetts General Hospital, Psychiatry
  • Atheen Venkataramani, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Health Policy
  • Lawrence Were, Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences


8:15-8:30 Welcome

Jacob Bor, Boston University School of Public Health, Faculty

Sandro Galea, Boston University School of Public Health, Dean

8:30-10:15 Health & Politics

Kitt Carpenter, Vanderbilt University, Economics, Faculty
Effects of Legal Access to Same-Sex Marriage on Marriage and Health: Evidence from BRFSS (Discussant: Julia Raifman)

Mustafa Hussein, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Zilber School of Public Health, Faculty
Urban Economic Policy as Health Policy: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from US Metropolitan Living Wage Ordinances (Discussant: Arijit Nandi)

Kevin Croke, Harvard School of Public Health, Global Health and Population, Faculty
Impact of Health Programs on Political Opinion: Evidence from Malaria Control in Tanzania (Discussant: Atheendar Venkataramani)

10:30-12:15 Population Therapeutics

Anna Chorniy, Princeton University, Center for Health and Wellbeing, Post-Doc
Effects of ADHD Treatment on Children’s Health, Academic, and Criminal Outcomes (Discussant: Alexander Tsai)

John Jackson, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Epidemiology, Faculty
Pharmacy Closure and Adherence to Cardiovascular Medications Among Older Adults (Discussant: Andrew Stokes)

Frank Lichtenberg, Columbia University, Graduate School of Business, Faculty
The Impact of New Drug Launches on Life-Years Lost in 2015 from 19 Types of Cancer in 36 Countries (Discussant: David Canning)

1:15-3:00 Health Decision-Making

Nina Cesare, Boston University School of Public Health, Global Health, Post-Doc
Measuring Disparities in Gender-Specific Leisure Time Physical Inactivity Prevalence Using Digital Data (Discussant: Sherri Rose)

Prerna Rakheja, Johns Hopkins University, Economics, Student
Genetic Endowments and Subjective Beliefs about Mortality (Discussant: Emily Oster)

Margaret Triyana, University of Notre Dame, Global Affairs, Faculty
More than Words? Commitment Contracts and School Competition for Smoking Prevention in Indonesia (Discussant: Willa Friedman)

3:00-4:00 Invited Perspective

Behavior Change and Its Discontents in Population Health Science
Grant Miller, Assoc. Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and
Director of the Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development

Workshop Details

8 a.m.—4 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2018

In-person participation is limited to presenters and discussants. All others are welcome to join us via the live stream here on PHX.