Research in the Department of Economics at the University of Antwerp focuses mainly on applied economics and economic policy, organized around the following fields:

  • macroeconomics
  • labor economics
  • economics of innovation
  • the history of economic thought
  • industrial organization
  • health economics
  • microeconomic theory
  • public economics
  • transport economics

The researchers of the Department in Economics have recently published their research in leading international journals such as

  • American Economic Journal: Microeconomics
  • The Economic Journal
  • International Economic Review
  • Journal of Health Economics
  • Journal of Industrial Organization
  • Journal of Labor Economics
  • Journal of Urban Economics
  • among others ...

PhD Defences

PhD Defences 2018-2019

Health economics of vaccine preventable diseases in selected low and middle-income countries

Datum: 21 maart 2019 
Locatie: University of Antwerp, Hof van Liere, F. de Tassis hall - Prinsstraat 13 - 2000 Antwerp (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus) 
Tijdstip: 17 uur 
Promovendus: Carlos Lara Oliveros 
Promotor: Prof Diana De Graeve 


From a health economics perspective, this thesis presents evidence-based considerations for decision-making, including the quantification of the economic and disease burden, the economic evaluation of vaccine intervention strategies, and the analysis of determinants of the supply and demand for vaccines. More specifically, it contributes to the body of knowledge of the health economics of vaccine preventable diseases in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), for which there are important knowledge gaps. The aims of the thesis are to increase the body of knowledge on LMICs with special attention to Colombia, and to propose explanations for the continued high economic and disease burden despite efforts to facilitate access to vaccines especially for vulnerable populations.

We also contribute to the existing literature by improving the estimations of the related costs per episode of acute respiratory infections and by generating input parameters for future studies. For the specific case of Colombia, we recommend to the national health authorities improvements in the timing of the administration of the influenza vaccine. In addition, we provide national authorities with some points for consideration when deciding the introduction of a new vaccine by performing cost effectiveness analyses for Albania, Colombia and Egypt. We also elucidate the vaccination determinants for LMICs with a subsidized health care system especially in the case of Colombia. We therefore recommend to health authorities to consider the inclusion of targeted programs in their vaccination strategies. Overall, we hope this thesis demonstrates that decision-making for the optimal allocation of resources for strengthening vaccination strategies is complex and should consider many perspectives.


PhD Defences - archive

  • Alain BORGHIJS - 22/05/2003 - Wage coordination and rididity in the European Monetary Union - Supervisor: A. Van Poeck (University of Antwerp)
  • Kris BOSCHMANS - 21/04/2008 - Selected essays on personnel economics: turnover, promotions and incentives - Supervisor: J. Bouckaert (University of Antwerp)
  • Eleonora CAVAGNERO - 29/06/2010 - Measurements, assessments and alternatives to improve equity with a focus on Argentina - Supervisor: G. Carrin (University of Antwerp)
  • Alejandra Daniela CRISTINA - 09/11/2012 - Migration and the labour market: an analysis for Argentina - Supervisor: W. Nonneman (University of Antwerp)
  • Annemieke DE RIDDER - 24/06/2009 - Essays on economic evaluation in health economics. Bridging the gap with health econometrics - Supervisor: D. De Graeve (University of Antwerp)
  • Tadele FEREDE - 29/09/2010 - Economic growth, policy reforms, household livelihoods and environmental degradation in rural Ethiopia: towards an integrated model of economic transformation - Supervisor: G. Erreygers (University of Antwerp)
  • Jorge FORNERO - 02/09/2009 - Essays on modeling fiscal and monetary policy in a DSGE framework - Supervisor: J. Plasmans (University of Antwerp)
  • Joris GHYSELS - 21/05/2003 - The work and care game: an empirical analysis of the decision-making process - Supervisor: S. Kesenne (University of Antwerp
  • Le Long HAU - 30/09/2013 - The role of financial markets for the Vietnamese economy - Supervisors: M. De Ceuster and J. Plasmans (University of Antwerp)
  • Maryam H'MADOUN - 07/02/2013 - Religion and economic preferences - Supervisor: W. Nonneman (University of Antwerp)
  • Ann LECLUYSE - 29/01/2010 - Essays on inequality in health care expenditures in Belgium - Supervisor: D. De Graeve (University of Antwerp)
  • Ruslan LUKACH - 02/06/2006 - Strategic process innovation in firms - Supervisor: J. Plasmans (University of Antwerp)
  • Tomasz MICHALAK - 23/03/2009 - Developing a framework to study strategic interaction of fiscal and monetary authorities in the presence of monetary union - Supervisor: J. Plasmans (University of Antwerp)
  • Cindy MOONS - 13/01/2010 - Essays on monetary and fiscal policy in the Euro area - Supervisor: J. Plasmans (University of Antwerp)
  • My Tran NGO - 05/12/2014 - Essays on privatization and corporate governance in Vietnam - Supervisors: W. Nonneman and A. Jorissen (University of Antwerp)
  • Xuan Quang NGUYEN - 28/06/2012 - Essays on efficiency and productivity of the Vietnamese financial sector - Supervisor: B. De Borger (University of Antwerp)
  • Liesbeth OKKERSE - 30/06/2006 - The impact of immigration on the Belgian labour market - Supervisor: W. Nonneman (University of Antwerp)
  • Thomas PEETERS - 13/05/2014 - Applications of industrial economics to the professional sports industry - Supervisors: J. Bouckaert and S. Kesenne (University of Antwerp)
  • Mara PIROVANO - 26/09/2014 - Essays on financial integration and monetary policy in small open economies - Supervisors: J. Vanneste, A. Van Poeck (University of Antwerp) and H. Dewacher (KU Leuven)
  • An RENCKENS - 28/05/2008 - Competition policy and the role of communication: decision-making in merger control and the internal organization of cartels - Supervisor: J. Bouckaert (University of Antwerp)
  • Mathias REYNAERT - 07/05/2015 - An economic analysis of environmental policy in the European market - Supervisors: B. De Borger (University of Antwerp), F. Verboven (KU Leuven)
  • Stijn ROCHER - 26/06/2012 - Essays on skills and technology: a task-based perspective - Supervisor: J. Bouckaert (University of Antwerp)
  • Sana SELLAMI - 17/12/2015 - Essays on the match between higher education and work - Supervisors: W. Nonneman (University of Antwerp), D. Verhaest
  • Sisay Regassa SENBETA - 12/05/2014 - Domestic and external shocks and macroeconomic performance in Sub-Saharan Africa - Supervisor: G. Erreygers (University of Antwerp)
  • Mike SMET - 06/05/2004 - An empirical analysis of the cost structure, performance measurement and the impact of financial incentives on medical practice in Belgian general care hospitals - Supervisor: W. Pauwels (University of Antwerp
  • Lodewijk SMETS - 17/03/2014 - Essays in aid for policy reform - Supervisors: Em. R. Renard and B. De Borger (University of Antwerp)
  • Vesna STAVREVSKA - 23/05/2012 - Efficiency wages, unemployment benefits and union-firm wage bargaining - Supervisor: W. Meeusen (University of Antwerp)
  • Sigrid SUETENS - 2005 - R&D cooperation and strategic decision-making in oligopoly: an experimental economics approach - Supervisor: W. Meeusen (University of Antwerp)
  • Peter TEIRLINCK - 03/07/2009 - Location of (FDI in) R&D and networking in innovation: Analysis and policy making for the business interprise sector - Supervisor: W. Meeusen (University of Antwerp)
  • Magdalena TROJANOWSKA - 28/08/2009 - Strategic investment under uncertainty - Supervisor: P. Kort (University of Antwerp and Tilburg University)
  • Huynh TRUONG HUY - 09/07/2012 - Economic perspectives of internal migration in Vietnam: a focus on the Mekong river delta region - Supervisor: W. Nonneman (University of Antwerp)
  • Charlotte VAN HOOYDONK - 14/06/2002 - Measuring and estimating exchange market pressure in the EU - Supervisor: A. Van Poeck (University of Antwerp)
  • Tony VAN KERCKHOVEN - 11/09/2006 - Corporate internet reporting determinants and effects - Supervisor: J. Vanneste (University of Antwerp)
  • Tom VAN OURTI - 29/06/2004 - Essays on inequality measurement in health, health care and finance of health care - Supervisor: D. De Graeve (University of Antwerp)
  • Johan VAN OVERTFELDT - 17/10/2002 - The University of Chicago. Its history and place in the development of modern economics - Supervisor: W. Nonneman (University of Antwerp)
  • Eve VANHAECHT - 29/09/2008 - Essays on competition and funding in the European higher education sector - Supervisors: W. Pauwels and J. Bouckaert (University of Antwerp)
  • Gerlinde VERBIST - 02/05/2002 - An inquiry into the redistributive effect of personel income taxes in Belgium - Supervisor: B. De Borger (University of Antwerp)
  • Bart WUYTS - 23/06/2009 - Essays on congestion, transport taxes, and the labour market - Supervisor: B. De Borger (University of Antwerp)
  • Kuo-Chun YEH - 11/02/2003 - Establishing exchange rate and monetary cooperation in the Chinese economic area based on the analysis of currency crises of the 1990s - Supervisor: J. Plasmans (University of Antwerp)
  • Fernando Enrique ZARZOSA VALDIVIA - 19/06/2012 - Structural real exchange rates, tradable goods share in GDP and unemployment rates in Argentina - Supervisor: J. Plasmans (University of Antwerp)
  • Glen VERMEULEN - 25/09/2017 - Optimal Bank Bailout Policy and Merger Control in an Uncertain Economic Environment - Supervisors: Jan Bouckaert (University of Antwerp) and Peter Kort (University of Antwerp)
  • Raf VAN GESTEL - 13/12/2017 - Health Econometric Essays on Physician Learning and Beneficial Health Insurance - Supervisor: Diana De Graeve (University of Antwerp)
  • Geert VAN MOER - 04/06/2018 - The Industrial Organization of Horizontal Subcontracting with Applications to Electricity Markets - Supervisors: Jan Bouckaert (University of Antwerp) and Peter Kort (University of Antwerp)
  • Sara (Ying) ZHANG - 10/07/2018 - Essays on Healthcare Financing - Supervisor: Jacques Vanneste (University of Antwerp)