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Simon Combes

Lecturer in Health Economics, École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique, EHESP.

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I graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2013 where I did a PhD in Health Economics under supervision of Diane Skåtun and Bob Elliott. My thesis investigated the role of the labour market on recruitment and retention of nursing staff in hospitals in both France and England. I hold a master from the National School of Statistics and Information Analysis in Statistics applied to health economics. I am now a lecturer at the School of Public Health in Rennes, Britanny. Regarding teaching, I have a two years experience of teaching statistics and econometrics at the University of Aix-Marseille and Paris Descartes. I am now teaching health economics and applied methods of cost effectiveness analysis in health care to non economist at the School of Public Health. In terms of research I am developping a program of research around the variation of health care quality in ambulatory and hospital care for elderly patients. With a colleague we are about to use the Médecin du Monde data around health of migrants in Europe. I am also starting to work on the use of disability benefits at school with a social inequality perspective. Currently I am working on motivations of general practitioners in France and on the role of labour markets on hospital quality of care.


Bousmah, M.-a.-Q., Combes, J.-B.S., & Abu-Zaineh, M. (2019) Health differentials between citizens and immigrants in Europe: A heterogeneous convergence. Health Policy, doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2018.12.005.