Jürgen Maurer
Responsible Grantee

Jürgen Maurer holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy and currently works as Professor of Health Economics and Management at the Department of Economics and the Institute for Health Economics and Management at the Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC) of the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. He is also an Adjunct Economist at the RAND Corporation, a senior research fellow at the Munich Center for the Economics of Aging, and a fellow at the Health, Econometrics, and Data Group of the University of York and the Center for Economic and Social Research at the University of Southern California. His research interests are in the areas of applied microeconomics, health economics, public health and survey research with a special focus on economic and social research on aging. Jürgen also serves as the principal investigator and country team leader of the Swiss component study of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) and main applicant of a large-scale research for development (r4d) project on “Inclusive social protection for chronic health problems” supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Swiss National Science Foundation. His papers have been published in economics, health economics, medical, public health and demography journals such as the Economic Journal, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA: Internal Medicine, the Lancet, the American Journal of Public Health, the American Journal of Epidemiology and Demography among others.

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Gabriela Flores Pentzke Saint-Germain

Gabriela Flores is an expert in the field of analytical assessment of financial protection and financial risk protection, econometric analysis of related data, and health financing strategies linked to moving closer to universal health coverage. She joined the World Health Organization (HGF) in January 2015 to take the main responsibility of the monitoring of financial protection at global levels and supports monitoring efforts in the WHO regions of the Americas, Europe and South-East Asia.  She holds a PhD in Statistics and Econometrics from the University of Geneva. She has published in Health Economics, Journal of Health Economics and the Lancet Global Health among others.


Owen Andrew O’Donnell

Owen O’Donnell is Professor of Applied Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam and the University of Macedonia (on leave), a Senior Researcher at the University of Lausanne, and a Research Fellow of the Tinbergen InstituteNetspar and the CESR/Schaefer Center for the Study of Health Inequality. He has co-directed two European Union funded projects on equity in the finance and provision of health care in Asia (EQUITAPHEFPA), is a co-author of Analyzing Health Equity Using Household Survey Data and has been a consultant to the World Bank, WHO and UNICEF. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Health Economics and Health Economics, and is co-organiser of the European Workshops on Econometrics and Health Economics. He obtained his doctorate from the University of York and has held visiting positions at the University of Lausanne and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a faculty appointment at the University of Kent.

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Gaëlle Sarda
Administrative assistant

Gaëlle is an administrative assistant at the University of Lausanne and has been taking care of the administrative side of the r4d project since its beginning.



Fabrice Kämpfen
Researcher and coordinator of the project

Fabrice is currently a PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. The focus of his PhD thesis is on aging and its various implications on health, social behaviors and technology adoption. Recently he has been interested in reporting heterogeneity and techniques to address it in empirical applications. He is the coordinator of the project since January 2016.