A number of LCIRAH economists attended the 11th World Congress on Health Economics at University of Bocconi in Milan, held from July 12-15, 2015. This year the congress had a special focus on health economics and nutrition. The conference, attended by 1,400 international academics, saw a large number of organised sessions and individual presentations focusing on topics relevant to LCIRAH.
LCIRAH members Laura Cornelsen and Richard Smith organised two sessions on the impact of food prices and food availability on nutrition. The first of these, highlighted as a lead session in the conference programme, included two presentations by LCIRAH researchers. Fiorella Picchioni presented work on the Minimum Calorie Expenditure Share, a new metric measuring the impact of food price changes on nutrition security. Giacomo Zanello presented the work done within the LANSA project in Afghanistan looking at the impact of markets and food consumption on anaemia among women.
The second organised session focused on modelling the impact of food-price based policies on food consumption, where Laura Cornelsen presented work testing for asymmetries in food price elasticities to price increases and price decreases. In further sessions, Richard Smith presented work on estimating the economic impact of the build-up of antimicrobial resistance, and Soledad Cuevas presented a review on the role of computable general equilibrium models in health economics.