Public decisions versus individual preferences
19 et 20 Septembre 2016
13 rue Scipion, 75005 Paris
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Purpose and general theme
Decision-makers, when choosing to adopt innovation, are faced with the question of whose preferences should prevail: those of individual patients or those of the general public? While clinicians and patients’ representative are more likely to give weight to patients’ preferences, economists bring collective preferences to the fore. Another important issue is the fact that individual preferences change over time and adjust to illness and handicap, which constitutes an important challenge for preference revelation and measurement. Well-being and altruism are also central to understanding behaviour, particularly in the healthcare field. The purpose of this conference is to address these questions in order to identify the trade-offs between individual and collective preferences and the way public decisions are made. Behavioural economics brings new insights on these issues, with a variety of techniques (field, laboratory or discrete choice experiments – DCE). Comparisons will be encouraged with other fields of application such as environment or road safety and the analysis will extend to the study of attitudes towards risk and risk management policies.
The workshop is organised in three panels (Monday 19th afternoon) and an interactive session (Tuesday 20th morning):
A guest lecture will be given on the conference topic by Professor James Hammitt, from Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, US.
The first panel will present the methods used to evaluate the benefits and costs of public interventions and the role of individual preferences in their design.
The second panel presents new methods drawn from behavioural economics which aim at characterizing individual preferences. The discussion will address the potential for application in health-related areas such as the adoption of risky behaviour, screening decisions, access to diagnostic, compliance with treatment.
The third panel (in French) brings together economists and decision-makers in order to discuss the obstacles and prospects encountered in the application of these new methods to the evaluation of public health care interventions. The reception follows on with a piano-concert by Mi-Young Lee.
The interactive session takes place on Tuesday morning, September 20th and brings together researchers from various disciplines and decision-makers to identify future collaborations on three main issues partly addressed the previous day (experiments in health and healthcare, evaluation of healthcare technologies, providers’ competition).
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