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I received my Ph.D. in Health Economics from Linköping University and became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Stockholm School of Economics in 1991, where I was appointed Associate Professor in 1994. In 2001, I became a Professor in Health Economics at the Department of Community Medicine at Lund University (now the Department of Clinical Sciences). In 2006, I initiated the Health Economics Program (HEP) at Lund University, which is currently supported by a program grant from the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS). Between 2007 and 2008, I was employed as a Professor at the Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE) at the University of Aberdeen. In 2009, I returned to Lund University, where I currently hold a joint professorship at the Departments of Economics at the School of Economics and Management and at the Medical Faculty, Lund University. I am the head of the Health Economics Unit at the Department of Clinical Sciences, Malmö, Lund University. I am also an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Health Economics at Monash University Business School, Melbourne, and a Research Director at the Swedish Institute of Health Economics in Lund.

My research agenda focuses on exploring the relationship between economic factors and individuals' health-related behavior. I’m particularly interested in measuring and explaining the sources of income-related inequality in health. I’m also interested in the consequences of risky behavior and chronic diseases. My other research focus on the economic evaluations of health interventions, health system effects on health care costs and productivity. I published in journals such as: Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Health Economics, Economics and Human Biology, Social Science & Medicine, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Human Resources and American Journal of Public Health.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

UKÄ subject classification

  • Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
  • Economics


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