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Jeremiah Hurley

Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences
Professor, Department of Economics
Member, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis 
Associate Member, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI)

T: (905) 525-9140, ext. 23768

Department of Economics
Faculty of Social Sciences
Wilson Hall - Rm 1014
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4M4

Jeremiah Hurley is Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences; a professor and former Chair in the Department of Economics; a member of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, and a member of the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI), all at McMaster University. His research on the economics of health and health care systems includes physician behaviour, funding models and resource association in health care, public and private roles in health care financing, financial incentives in health systems, equity in health systems, normative frameworks in health economics, and the application of experimental economic methods in health research. He has published in leading health economic, health policy, and health services research journals and has acted as a consultant to regional, provincial, national and international agencies.  He is the author of the Canadian health economics textbook, Health Economics (McGraw-Hill Ryerson). 


  • health care financing, particularly public and private roles in health care financing. 
  • equity in health care
  • resource allocation and funding in the health sector  
  • normative economic analysis in the health sector
  • experimental methods in health economics  


Zhao J, Hurley J, Scarth W. Investing in Health: A macroeconomic exploration of short-run and long-run trade-offs. Atlantic Economic Journal. 2018. Forthcoming.

Hurley J, Mentzakis E, Giacomini M, DeJean D, Grignon M. The interpretation of health care need among the general public: An empirical investigation using a discrete-choice approachSocial Choice and Welfare. 2017. Vol. 49(1): 117-143.

Lavergne MR, Law M, Peterson S, Garrison S, Hurley J, Cheng L, McGrail K.  A population-based analysis of incentive payments to primary care physicians for the care of patients with complex disease. CMAJ. 2016. Vol. 188(15):E375-83.

Buckley N, Cu K, Hurley J, Mestelman S, Thomas S, Cameron D. 
Should I stay or should I go? Public provision of a private good with an exit option. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 2016. Vol. 131 (Part B): 62-77. 

Wang C, Li Q, Sweetman A, Hurley J. Mandatory universal drug plan, access to health care and health: Evidence from Canada. Journal of Health Economics. 2015. vol. 44(Complete): 80-96. 

Hurley J. Reflecting on Equity in Health Care: the Irish Perspective. Health Economics, Policy and Law. 2015. Vol. 10(4): 443-447. 

Asada Y, Hurley J, Norheim O, Johri M. Unexplained health in-equality - is it unfair? International Journal for Equity in Health. 2015. Vol. 14:11.

Buckley N, Cu K, Hurley J, Mestelman S, Thomas S, Cameron D. Support for public provision with top-up and opt-out: A controlled laboratory experiment. Journal of Economics Behavior and Organization. 2014. 

Asada Y, Hurley J, Norheim O, Johri M. Assessing Health Inequality and Inequity: A Three-stage Approach. International Journal for Equity in Health. 2014. Vol. 13.

Giacomini M, Hurley J, DeJean D. Fair Reckoning: A Qualitative Investigation of an Economic Resource Allocation Survey. Health Expectations. 2014. Vol.17(2): 174-85.

Hurley J. User Charges for Health Care Services: Some Further Thoughts. Health Economics, Policy and Law. 2013. Vol. 8(4): 537-541.

Li J, Hurley J, DiCicca P, Buckley, G.  Physician Response to Pay-for-performance: Evidence from a Natural Experiment. Health Economics. 2013. Vol. 23(8): 962-978.

Hurley J,  Mentzakis E. Existence and Magnitude of Health Care Externalities: Evidence from a Choice Experiment. Journal of Health Economics. 2013.

Hurley J, Mentzakis E. Health-related externalities: Evidence from a choice experiment. Journal of Health Economics. 2013. Apr 8;32(4):671-681.

Hurley J, Li J.  Health Care Funding, Cost Containment and Quality. In, Bending the Cost Curve in Health Care, G. Marchildon and L. DiMatteo, Eds, Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 2012. 


  • graduate health economics
  • undergraduate health economics
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