Spatial Health Econometrics 
7th-9th July 2022

San Giobbe Economics Campus, Cannaregio 873, Venice

In health economics there are many phenomena that are characterised by a strong spatial dimension; from heathcare providers connected through networks of services and patients, to the regional concentration of health risk factors and needs. The aim of the course is to introduce students to theory and application of spatial econometrics methods in the area of health economics.

In the first part of the course students will familiarize with spatial econometric models in health economics and illustrate how to incorporate spatial effects using standard econometric models, such as the spatial lag, spatial error and spatial Durbin models. The lecturer will show how spatial econometrics methods can be applied within the health economics literature on topics such as hospital competition, mental health expenditure, health outcomes, long-term care, and peer effects.

In the second part of the course students will be able to attend a workshop of spatial health econometrics and be exposed to the most updated work in this strand of health economics.

The target of students will be master degree students, PhD, post doc, and early career researchers.

For further information:


  • 1st part: Spatial Health Econometrics course - with STATA lab sessions
  • 2nd part: Workshop with invited speakers as Daniel McMillen (University of Illinois Chicago), Patrick W. Saart (Cardiff Business School, University of Cardiff) and Rita Santos (Centre for Health Economics, University of York)
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7th July 2022

  • 10.00-10:30 Registration and Welcome coffee
  • 10:30-11:30 Introduction to Spatial Econometrics
  • 11.30-12.30 Spatial econometrics in health economics – a review
  • 12.30-13.30 Spatial statistics analysis - theory
  • Lunch
  • 14.30-16.00 Spatial statistics analysis applied to health economics – STATA lab
  • 16.00-17.00 Spatial Econometric models - theory

8th July 2022

  • 9.30-11.00 Spatial econometric models applied to health economics - potential applications
  • Coffee break
  • 11.30-12.30 Spatial econometric models applied to health economics - STATA lab
  • Lunch

Workshop "3rd Spatial Health Economics"

  • 13.30-14.00 Welcome Coffee and Registration
  • 14.00-14.10 Openings
    Francesco Moscone
    (Ca' Foscari University of Venice & Brunel University London)

    Chair: Gilberto Turati (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
  • 14.10-14.50 Keynote Pipat Wongsa-Art (Cardiff University) "Analysis of Peer-Effects in Mental Health Service Provision in England"
  • 14.50-15.30 Joan Madia (Oxford University) "Brexit, firm closure and mental health: A perfect storm"
  • 15.30-16.10 Finn McGuire (University of York) "Health Facility Quality Peer Effects: Are financial incentives necessary?"
  • 16:10-16:50 Marina Di Giacomo (University of Turin) "Clusters of immigrants and inappropriate treatments"

9th July 2022

  • 9.30-9.50 Welcome

    Chair: Catia Nicodemo (University of Oxford & University of Verona)
  • 9.50-10.30 Keynote Rita Santos (Centre for Health Economics - University of York)
  • 10.30-11.10 Ilaria Valentini (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore) “Detecting excess mortality geographical clusters in Italian Health Systems during Covid-19 pandemic” 
  • Coffee Break 
  • 11.30-12.10 Keynote Dan McMillen (University of Illinois Chicago)

Organizing committee


Francesco Moscone

Francesco Moscone, Professor of Public Economics, Ca' Foscari University of Venice and Brunel University London


Agar Brugiavini

Agar Brugiavini, Full Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Giacomo Pasini

Giacomo Pasini, Full Professor of Econometrics, Department of Economics, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Rita Santos

Rita Santos, Research Fellow, Centre for Health Economics, University of York

Luigi Siciliani

Luigi Siciliani, Full Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of York

Elisa Tosetti

Elisa Tosetti, Associate Professor of Economic Policy, Department of Economics and Management, University of Padua

Important dates

Spatial Health Econometrics Summer School

1) Applications

By 25th May 2022

2) Decision

30th May 2022

3) Registration

10th June 2022

4) Summer School

7th July 2022 - 9th July 2022

Spatial Health Economics Workshop

1) Applications

By 6th May 2022

2) Decision

18th May 2022

3) Registration

30th May 2022

4) Workshop

8th July 2022 - 9th July 2022


The Summer School is open to a maximum of 20 participants. The target of students will be master degree students, PhD, post doc, and early career researchers.  There is no participation fee but attendees will need to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses (List of selected hotels, B&B ).
Participants will be selected on the basis of their CV and motivation letters. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the end.

Deadline for application is the 25th of May 2022 at 12.00. Applications must be submitted by e-mail to the following address Results will be communicated by the 30th of May  2022.
Candidates will need to provide the following documents as part of their application:

  • application form;
  • dated and signed curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages);
  • motivation letter (maximum 1 page);
  • scanned copy of a valid ID document.

Last update: 05/12/2023