2019 Call for Abstracts

Abstract Submission Information

The call for abstracts for the 2019 ASHEcon Conference is now closed. Decision notices will be sent out in February 2019.


The Host Committee of the 8th Annual Conference of the American Society of Health Economists invites individuals to submit proposals for consideration by the scientific review committee. We are soliciting: individual abstracts to be integrated into sessions, organized sessions made up of 3 papers,  submissions for policy roundtables and submissions for innovation sessions.

The theme of this year’s conference is The Crossroads of Public Policy and Health Economics and aims to provide a forum for emerging ideas and empirical results of health economics research to be showcased and discussed.

We hope that applicants will submit abstracts that are relevant to the field of health economics and demonstrate rigorous theoretical and empirical research methodologies.


2020 Program Areas
Competition in Health Care Markets and Insurer and Hospital BehaviorsConsumer Decision Making in Health Care
Demand for & Effect of Health Insurance Health Reform
Health Systems & Health Care Financing Health, Labor Markets, & the Economy
Long Term Care, Aging & Demography Maternal & Child Health
Mental Health Obesity & Nutritional Outcomes
Physician/Nurse Reimbursement, Training & Behavior Prescription Drugs
Socioeconomic Status and Health Theory, Econometric Advances, & Cost Advances
Tobacco, Alcohol, & Illegal Substances

Session Definitions

Organized Session – Organized sessions must have exactly three papers with one presenting author and one discussant, plus any co-authors for each paper. In total, each session will have 3 presenting authors and 3 discussants.  Please note that abstracts within organized sessions may be rejected, accepted as a poster, or transferred to another session. All transferred or rejected abstracts will be replaced with a different abstract.

Please find the guidelines for submitting an organized session here.

Individual Abstracts – A submission based on a single paper. The papers will be scored on their own merit then grouped with similar papers to be presented in an organized session at the conference. Individual abstracts not selected for inclusion in the conference will be considered for a poster if requested by the author during the submission process.

Please find the guidelines for submitting an individual abstract here.

*New* Policy Roundtable *New* – Roundtables are not abstract dependent, but rather feature speakers who will discuss a topic from varying perspectives and draw the audience into a discussion on the topic. Submitters will be asked to categorize their roundtable into 1 of the 15 Program Areas.  Roundtable submissions should include no more than one moderator and at least two presenters. Examples of potential titles include: How to Advance Evidence-Based Healthcare Policy at the Local Level, Promoting Health Equity through Policy, and Regulation and Competition in the Healthcare Sector: What Have We Learned? There will be a roundtable or each of the 15 program areas and will serve as a mini plenary session for each area.

Please find the guidelines for submitting a policy roundtable here.

*New* Spotlight Sessions *New* – Spotlight Sessions are 90-minute sessions that will focus on special interest or career enhancement topics. The sessions are not abstract dependent. Examples of potential titles include: Introduction to Grant Writing, Talking to Policymakers, Prepping for the Job Market Season, Translating Research into Policy, and Women and Minorities in Health Economics. Sessions may be delivered by no more than one moderator and any number of presenters.

Please find the guidelines for submitting a spotlight session here.

The Single Abstract Submission Listing

The Single Abstract Listings is a compilation of all the single abstract submissions received thus far, sorted by program area, that might help complete or create a full panel. As a reminder, fully submitted organized session submissions (three papers and with three discussants) have an average acceptance rate of 80% as compared to 40% for single abstract submissions.

How Do I Use the Single Abstract Submission Listing?

If you find an abstract (or abstracts) in the listing that you would like to use to create or fill out a panel, we encourage you to reach out to the author  and see if they would like to be part of the panel. If they would like to be part of the panel, they would need to withdraw their single abstract submission (they can do this by logging into the abstract system via the link in the confirmation email received when the abstract was submitted) and resubmit the abstract as part of the new panel.

Important Dates to Remember

2020 Conference
Call for Abstracts OpensSeptember 16
Call for Abstracts Closes December 2
Accept/Reject Notifications February 2019
Registration Opens February 2019
2020 ConferenceJune 7-10