Research in this stream covers work in the following broad areas: (1) social and economic consequences of health and health behaviours, (2) socio-economic inequalities in and determinants of health and health behaviours, and (3) the economic evaluation of public health interventions.

We are involved in a number of relevant nationally and internationally funded research collaborations, for instance the UKCRC funded Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) as well as the Department of Health funded Behaviour and Health Research Unit (BHRU). Other work of the group has been funded by the World Bank, WHO, PAHO, the European Commission, DFID, the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the NIHR, the MRC, Sport England and others.

Examples of studies contributing to this research stream 

The impact of cardiovascular disease on economic growth

The impact of economic recessions and booms on health

A quasi-experimental evaluation of the multi-buy ban on alcohol in Scotland

Social capital as a determinant (and consequence) of health

The economics of diabetes in low- and middle-income countries

The economics of obesity in low- and middle-income countries

Economic evaluation alongside public health trials (e.g. the role of formula-feeding on children's weight; evaluation of commercially provided exercise referral; evaluation of brief interventions to promote physical activity in primary care)

The economics of active travel decisions

The role of price promotions in promoting healthy vs unhealthy food purchasing

Future plans 

Quasi-experimental evaluation of policies outside the health sector that affect health (e.g. London congestion charge)

The role of foreign direct investment and trade in health

Economics of disability

Exploring the mechanisms linking social capital and health

The role of macroeconomic policies in health, health behaviours and health inequalities

Economic evaluation of school-based physical activity interventions

Research achievements and impact 

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Selection of relevant recent publications

D'Hombres/Rocco/Suhrcke et al (2009) Does social capital determine health? Evidence from eight former Soviet countries. Health Economics. DOI: 10.1002/hec.1445

Epstein/Jiménez-Rubio/Smith/Suhrcke (2009) Social determinants of health: an economic perspective. Health Economics; 18(5):495-502.

Suhrcke/Urban (2010). Are cardiovascular diseases bad for economic growth? Health Economics 19(12): 1478–1496.

Stuckler/Basu/Suhrcke/Coutts/McKee (2009). The public health impact of economic crises and alternative policy responses in Europe, The Lancet, 374(9686):315-23.

Marteau/Ogilvie/Roland/Suhrcke/Kelly (2011). Judging nudging: can nudging improve population health? British Medical Journal. doi: 10.1136/bmj.d228

Suhrcke/Stuckler (2012). Will the recession be bad for health? It depends. Social Science & Medicine. Mar;74(5):647-53

Suhrcke/Boluarte/Niessen (2012). A systematic review of economic evaluations of interventions to tackle cardiovascular disease in low- and middle-income countries. BMC Public Health. 2012 Jan 3;12(1):2.

Dinsa/Goryakin/Fumagalli/Suhrcke (2012). Obesity and socio-economic status in developing countries: A systematic review. Obesity Reviews. Nov;13(11):1067-79

Lu Z, Cao S, Chai Y, Liang Y, Bachmann M, Suhrcke M, Song F (2012). Effectiveness of interventions for hypertension care in the community - a meta-analysis of controlled studies in China. BMC Health Services Research, Jul 24;12:216

Martin/Suhrcke/Ogilvie (in press). Financial Incentives to Promote Active Travel: An Evidence Review and Economic Framework. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Goryakin/Suhrcke/Rocco/McKee/Roberts (2013). The effect of self-assessed health on labour supply in nine Former Soviet Union countries.  European Journal of Health Economics. Epub ahead of print

Rocco/Fumagalli/Suhrcke (2013). From social capital to health - and back. Health Economics. Epub ahead of print

Mentzakis/Suhrcke/Roberts/Murphy/McKee (2013). Estimating the causal effect of alcohol consumption on well-being for a cross-section of 9 former Soviet Union countries. Social Science & Medicine. Jul;89:1-7.

Goryakin/Suhrcke/Rocco/Roberts/McKee (2013). Social capital and self-reported general and mental health in nine Former Soviet Union countries. Health Econ Policy Law. 2013 Mar 18:1-24

Pechey/Jebb/Kelly/Almiron-Roig/Conde/Nakamura/Shemilt/Suhrcke/Marteau (2013). Socioeconomic differences in purchases of more vs. less healthy foods and beverages: analysis of over 25,000 British households in 2010. Social Science & Medicine, Sep;92:22-6

Nakamura/Suhrcke/Pechey/Morciano/Roland/Marteau (2013). Impact on alcohol purchasing of a ban on multi-buy promotions: a quasi-experimental evaluation comparing Scotland with England and Wales. Addiction. Nov 20. [Epub ahead of print]

Goryakin/Suhrcke (in press). Economic development, urbanisation, technological change and overweight: what do we learn from 244 Demographic and Health Surveys? Economics & Human Biology.