Workshop “Preference Laundering in Health Economics,”

zondag 5 december 2021

You are cordially invited to the workshop “Preference Laundering in Health Economics: Bias Correction and Deliberation,” which will be held on December 9th (Thursday), 13:00 – 16:30, 2021, in J7–55 (Bayle building) and via Zoom.

13:00–13:40 Måns Abrahamson (ESPhil): An Introduction to Preference Laundering and Health State Valuation
13:50–14:30 Stefan Lipman (ESHPM): Bias Correction in Health State Valuation
Coffee break
15:00–15:40 Vivian Reckers-Droog (ESHPM): The Influence of Information and Deliberation on Societal Preferences for Healthcare Priority Setting
15:50–16:30 Open Discussion: Opportunities and Challenges for Preference
Laundering in Health Economics

Date & time: December 9th, 13:00 – 16:30, 2021
Location: Hybrid format, at Campus Woudestein J7–55 (Bayle building) and online via Zoom (using this link).

Registration: In case you would like to attend offline, please contact Måns Abrahamson at—a limited number of seats are available. NB: Due to the continuously changing Covid-19 situation, the workshop may come to be held entirely online, via Zoom.

Preference laundering, broadly construed, is concerned with restricting, modifying, or affecting the set of preferences to be used as basis for judgements about individual or social interest. As such, the notion has played an important role in both philosophy (as a conceptual analysis of well-being) and welfare economics (as a process aimed at improving the quality of the input used for welfare judgements). Surprisingly, given the relevance of preferences in health state valuation and reimbursement decisions in healthcare, the notion of preference laundering is infrequently discussed in the associated health economic literature. Nonetheless, several empirical and conceptual contributions have been made that may be considered to reflect preference laundering. The workshop will start by defining preference laundering and discuss how existing studies in health economics could be conceived as reflecting such laundering. Next, we will have two authors presenting example approaches, as well as the conceptual and methodological challenges that are part of those approaches. In an open discussion, opportunities and challenges of using preference laundering in health economics will be discussed.

This event is organised by Måns Abrahamson (Erasmus School of Philosophy) and Stefan Lipman (Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management) as part of the Erasmus Initiative ‘Smarter Choices for Better Health’.

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