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6th Conference of the Swiss Society of Health Economics


About the conference

The conference aims at bringing together researchers, policy-makers and practitioners to showcase and discuss cutting-edge research and emerging ideas in health economics. The theme of the conference is «The Economics of Disability». Submissions related to this theme are particularly welcome, but proposals from all areas of health economics will be considered for inclusion in the program.

The conference will take place on June 8 and 9, 2023 at the University of Bern.

It consists of two parts, the PhD workshop on June 8 and the sggö conference on June 9.
Please click here to see the Provisional Program.


Conference venue:
University of Bern, UniS
Schanzeneckstrasse 1
3012 Bern

Keynote speaker

Nicole Maestras, Ph.D.

Nicole Maestas, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), where she directs the NBER’s Retirement and Disability Research Center. She studies the economics of disability insurance, labor markets, health care systems, and population aging. Her research studies how the health and disability insurance systems affect individual economic behaviors, such as labor supply and the use of medical care. Dr. Maestas’ research has shown how the federal disability insurance system discourages employment by people with disabilities. In other work she is examining how population aging affects economic growth and how working conditions affect individuals’ ability and desire to sustain employment at older ages. In current work, Dr. Maestas is investigating the causes of the opioid epidemic and its impact on employment and participation in the federal disability programs, as well as the effects of state Medicaid policies on the health care and well-being of people receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Dr. Maestas has published widely in the leading journals of economics, policy and medicine. She received her M.P.P. in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in Economics also from UC Berkeley.


The local organization committee reserved a couple of rooms at the Hotel Bristol
Please use the code "sggoe" for the reservation at the hotel.

For questions regarding the Local Organization of the conference, please contact Manuela Soltermann.

Key dates

Submission of final paper (PhD)
May 29
Conference Registration Deadline
May 31
Swiss Health Economics Conference

June 8-9


Conference registration is open. Please click here to go to the registration portal.

Registration fees

  • CHF 50 for members of the sggö
  • CHF 90 for non-members

Please click here to apply for membership of the sggö. Please note that the registration portal closes on May 31, 2023 and registration after this date will not be possible.

Registration fees include a conference package, admission to all sessions (keynote, parallel sessions, panel), lunch and refreshments. Please note that your registration is not final until payment is received in full. Members of the sggö have to pay the membership fee prior to the conference, or pay the regular fee for non-members. 


Registration is only for the conference itself, not for the PhD Workshop.
If you want to participate in the PhD Workshop, please contact Michael Gerfin.

Submission PhD Workshop

The full paper for the accepted abstracts is due by May 29.

To submit, please click here.

Scientific Committee

Michael Gerfin, University of Bern
(Chair and local organizer)

Stefan Boes,  University of Lucerne

Fabrizio Mazzonna, University of Lugano

Stefan Felder, University of Basel

Beatrix Eugster, University of St. Gallen

Joachim Marti, University of Lausanne

Simon Wieser, Zurich University of Applied Sciences