The Health Economics research group at University of Eastern Finland will host the 43rd Nordic Health Economists’ Study Group (NHESG) meeting on 21-23 August 2024. The conference will be held at University of Eastern Finland’s campus in Kuopio

The Nordic Health Economics Study Group aims to bring together researchers who are working in the area of health economics and to promote continuous development of health economics as a sub-discipline of economics. Papers on all topics within health economics are welcome. Submitted papers representing various stages of the research process are expected. The conference language is English. 

We are happy to announce that we have 40 papers under discussion, presenting the latest Nordic and European health economics research.

The usual NHESG procedural rules will apply: The discussant – and not the author – will present the paper, including both a summary and a discussion. Further information on the procedural rules can be found here: NHESG. Each paper is allocated 40 minutes. All participants will have the opportunity to download submitted papers. Access to papers will be restricted to registered participants.  

Keynote speakers

We are pleased to announce that we have two Keynote speakers sharing their viewpoints on the estimation and consequences of the cost-effectiveness threshold. James Lomas, University of York, and Kurt Brekke, NHH Norwegian School of Economics, will give keynotes based on their latest research in the field.  

  • James Lomas

    James Lomas


    University of York, Department of Economics and Related Studies

    Lecturer James Lomas will give a keynote on an empirical perspective regarding cost-effectiveness thresholds and pharmaceutical pricing. His research is focused on applied microeconometric analysis that answers the empirical questions posed in the context of economic evaluation and cost-effectiveness analysis. He is interested in estimating the marginal productivity of health care systems and economic evaluation methods to inform decision-makers.  

  • Kurt Brekke

    Kurt Brekke


    NHH Norwegian School of Economics, Department of Economics

    Professor Kurt Brekke introduces a different perspective on the topic of cost-effectiveness threshold. He will explore the impact of transparency on the pricing and launch incentives within the pharmaceutical industry, particularly in the context of prioritizing new medicines in Norway. In his recent research, Brekke applies Industrial Organization theory and focuses on supply-side incentives to influence the CE thresholds and entry decisions. His main research field is industrial organization with a focus on competition and regulation policy, especially in healthcare and pharmaceutical markets. He is part of an expert committee appointed by the government on prioritization of new medicines in Norway. 

Preliminary programme

The program will be updated at the beginning of August.

Wednesday, 21 August 2024 

  • 13.30–14.45 Registration and refreshments 
  • 14.45–15.00 Welcome to Kuopio 
  • 15.00–16.00 Keynote by James Lomas  
  • 16.00–18.00 Parallel sessions
  • 19.00–21.00 Opening reception: Drinks and tapas at Roll cruises 

Thursday, 22 August 2024 

  • 9.00–11.00 Parallel sessions 
  • 11.00–11.15 Refreshments
  • 11.15–13.15 Parallel sessions 
  • 13.15–14.15 Lunch 
  • 14.15–15.15 Keynote by Kurt Brekke 
  • 15.15–15.30 Refreshments
  • 15.30–17.30 Parallel sessions
  • 19.00–22.00 Conference dinner at Saana 

Friday, 23 August 2024 

  • 9.00–11.00 Parallel sessions 
  • 11.00–11.45 Business meeting
  • 11.45–13.00 Closing ceremony and lunch 


University of Eastern Finland
Snellmania building 
Yliopistonranta 8 


Registration is now open at 43rd Nordic Health Economists’ Study Group meeting | Ilmo ( Registration fee is 400 EUR. Please note that the last chance for registration is 30 July 2024.


We have made preliminary hotel block reservations at the hotels listed below. We will send detailed instructions for hotel reservations along with the acceptance letter.

Further inquiries regarding accommodation can be directed to Please note when you make reservations that the venue can be reached easily by bus from the city centre.

Local organizing committee: 

Professor Miika Linna, assistant professor Virva Hyttinen-Huotari, university lecturer Mervi Rantsi, Ph.D. researcher Anna-Kaisa Vartiainen, Ph.D. researcher Kaisu Happonen, Ph.D. researcher Elisa Rissanen and project researcher Tuuli Suomela

The scientific committee is led by Lauri Sääksvuori and Ismo Linnosmaa

All communication regarding abstracts, full papers, registration, etc. is kindly directed to 

Important dates

The abstract submission ends on 28 March 2024. Please note we have extended the deadline for abstract submissions to April 4.
To submit an abstract send an email with a title and an abstract including the objectives, data and methods, results and conclusions (up to 500 words) to  

The scientific committee makes a final selection of papers to be discussed at the meeting.  

Acceptance information will be emailed no later than 1 May 2024.

Registration is now open at 43rd Nordic Health Economists’ Study Group meeting | Ilmo (

The deadline for submitting a full paper is 28 June 2024

The deadline for registration for the meeting is 3 July 2024. Please note, last chance by July 30th.

Best student prize: 

Papers submitted by PhD students will automatically enter the student prize competition. The award will be announced at the dinner on Thursday evening.