Mette Gørtz, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen has received DKK 10 million for her research project “Behavioural Responses to Health Innovations and the Consequences for Socioeconomic Outcomes.”
Inequality in health has been rising in recent decades. Despite higher health expenditure and awareness of disease prevention, the benefits of new and better healthcare are unequally distributed. A leading hypothesis is that more affluent and better-educated people more rapidly adopt new health technologies and therefore benefit disproportionately, widening the socioeconomic gap in health. This poses a pressing challenge to society.
The project seeks to answer the following questions.
1. How do health innovations transmit into economic outcomes?
2. How do innovations and behavior shape the income gradient in mortality?
3. Which mechanisms explain the gradient between education and health?