The Interfaculty Platform in Health Economics and Management (IEMS) promotes research in the fields of health economics, health management, health services research and health policy at the University of Lausanne. It brings together academics and practitioners from several research units active in these fields such as:
- The Department of Economics of HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne
- The Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (IUMSP) of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine (FBM), University of Lausanne and
- The Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV)
The IEMS also actively participates in the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+)
, a Swiss-wide inter-university collaboration in the fields of public health and health economics.
Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) - Switzerland
One of IEMS' main research projects is the Swiss component study of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), in which Prof. Jürgen Maurer serves as principal investigator and country team leader.
SHARE is a multi-disciplinary longitudinal data collection effort that covers individuals aged 50 and older in Europe. SHARE collects information on many life domains of older adults including their health status, healthcare use, work and socio-economic status, family ties, consumption, housing, income, and savings to name but a few.
The Swiss component study of SHARE is financed through a research grant awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).
Website: Swiss SHARE survey
Inclusive Social Protection for Chronic Health Problems (r4d programme)
A second important research project of the IEMS platform is part of the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d programme), a joint funding initiative by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).
This project aims to collect unique longitudinal data in India, Malawi, Sri Lanka and the Philippines in order to understand the full consequences of chronic diseases. Chronic diseases are major causes of poor health, disability and poverty as well as a major barrier to economic development in low- and middle-income countries.
Prof. Jürgen Maurer is the principal investigator of the project. Fabrice Kämpfen serves as its project coordinator.
Website: Inclusive social protection project (r4d programme)
The IEMS supports regular seminars where researchers from IEMS or other institutions can present their ongoing research in the fields of health, labor and development economics as well as health management, health services research and health policy.
Learn more: Research seminars