Dissertation by FGV EPGE student on economics and health wins 2020 Haralambos Simeonidis Award
Letícia Nunes, a doctoral student at Fundação Getulio Vargas’ Brazilian School of Economics and Finance (FGV EPGE), won a 2020 Haralambos Simeonidis Award in the Dissertations category. The results were announced at the 48th National Economics Meeting, held by the National Association of Graduate Economics Centers (ANPEC).
Nunes started her doctorate at FGV EPGE in 2015, after doing an undergraduate degree and academic master’s at the school. Her doctoral dissertation, titled Essays in Health Economics, was produced under the guidance of Professor Francisco Costa of FGV EPGE.
The study consists of three independent but interrelated articles in the field of health economics. The first explores the location options and individual characteristics of all general practitioners who graduated in Brazil between 2001 and 2013, while examining policies designed to increase the supply of doctors in underserved areas. The second emphasizes challenges faced in using the quasi-experimental variation of the Affordable Care Act to study mortality. Finally, the third article seeks to understand whether the expansion of pre-hospital care in urgent care units in Rio de Janeiro achieved the goal of easing the burden on hospital emergency rooms.
The Haralambos Simeonidis Awards, created by ANPEC in 1982, are aimed at stimulating reflection and research regarding economics in Brazil. Every year, awards are given for the best papers in the categories of Articles, Books and Doctoral Dissertations.
You can find out more information about the awards here.