Nordic Journal of Health Economics

Aim and Scope:

The Nordic Journal of Health Economics publishes empirical and theoretical research within the field of Health Economics. We aim to focus broadly and invite contributions on health economic topics from researchers both inside and outside of the Nordic countries. Special, but not exclusive, attention is given to topics that are relevant to the Nordic setting and to Nordic research agendas. Submissions should have a clear health economic approach and foundation (e.g. be positioned in relevant (health) economic literature and/or use economic methods and theory). If needed, the manuscript's relevance for the health economic field should be explained and motivated.

We especially welcome contributions including the following topics:

1) Production of health and health care;

2) Demand for health and health care;

3) Financing of health care;

4) Measurement of health; health behaviors and policy interventions;

5) Efficiency and distributional aspects of health;

6) Health care system and organization;

7) Economic incentives in health care;

8) Economics of social and long term health care; and

9) General survey articles.

We also welcome shorter contributions, comments, and discussions on developments in Health Economics and health policy reforms.



Nordic Journal of Health Economics gratefully acknowledges financial support from the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE).


Call for papers: Special issue on Nordic performance comparisons


Increased spending on health care induces European countries to improve system efficiency. Under these circumstances, countries would benefit from international comparisons of health system performance. One prerequisite for reliable international comparison is availability of suitable data. All Nordic countries have rich variety of registers covering the whole population with possibilities to merge data from several registers.

At the general level, performance measures evaluate the extent to which a health system meets its key objectives, such as efficiency, quality, outcomes, accessibility and equity. International comparison of performance can proceed at a number of possible levels, including system wide, by disease, and by sub-sector (such as hospital, nursing homes, primary care, drugs etc.). International comparison can be used for benchmarking (learning from the best practices) as well as for exploring reasons behind differences. In particular, there is an interest in policy driven factors such as treatment practices, use of modern technology, waiting times, financing, organization of delivery, and reforms.

The Nordic Journal of Health Economics will devote an entire special issue to economic papers on Nordic performance comparison. Papers should have a health economic approach to the research questions addressed. We welcome empirical studies comparing at least two Nordic countries or at least one Nordic country with another country or several countries outside the Nordic region.


Submission deadline: April 30 2017.

To submit a manuscript, please follow the submission instructions below. To indicate that your submission refers to this special issue, please select “Special issue” as journal section in the submission process.

Submissions will first be screened by the editors. Those within the scope of the special issue and journal will be sent to external reviewers for evaluation.


Issue editors:
Unto Häkkinen (editor of Nordic Journal of Health Economics)
Tor Iversen (editor of Nordic Journal of Health Economics)


If you have questions, please contact the Managing Editor.


Submission: We welcome submissions from researchers both within and outside the Nordic countries. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting, or if already registered can simply log in and begin the 5 step process. Please read and follow the author guidelines.
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  • Ulf-G. Gerdtham
    (Chief editor)
    Professor of Health Economics, Lund University, Sweden
  • Terkel Christiansen
    Professor of Health Economics,
    COHERE, Department of Business and Economics,
    University of Southern Denmark
  • Tor Iversen
    Head of Health Economics Research Programme (HERO),
    University of Oslo, Norway
  • Katarina Steen Carlsson
    Research Director, Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund University, Sweden
  • Unto Häkkinen
    Research Professor,
    National Institute for Health and Welfare,
    Centre for Health and Social Economics, Finland
  • Tinna Laufey Asgeirsdottir
    Professor of Economics,
    University of Iceland
  • Hans Olav Melberg
    Associate Professor in Health Economics,
    University of Oslo, Norway


  • Åsa Ljungvall
    (Managing editor)
    Lund University, Sweden
  • Sofie Persson
    (Editorial assistant)
    Lund University, Sweden


Editorial Board:
  • Anders Anell, Lund University, Sweden
  • Anne Ludbrook, HERO Aberdeen, UK
  • Carl Hampus Lyttkens, Lund University, Sweden
  • Dorte Gyrd-Hansen, University of Southern Denmark
  • Erik Grönqvist, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Hilde Lurås, AHUS, Norway
  • Ismo Linnosmaa, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland 
  • Jacob Arendt, The Rockwool Foundation, Denmark
  • Jan Abel Olsen, University of Tromsø, Norway
  • Jan Erik Askildsen, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Jon Magnussen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Julie Riise, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Karsten Vrangbæk, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Kersti Meiesaar, Tartu University, Estonia
  • Kristian Bolin, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Kurt Brekke, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration
  • Lars Ehlers, Ålborg University, Denmark
  • Maarten Lindeboom, Free University Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Markku Pekurinen, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland
  • Martin Henriksson, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Mickael Bech, KORA, Denmark
  • Oddvar Kaarbøe, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Pekka Rissanen, University of Tampere, Finland
  • Rikke Søgaard, Århus University, Denmark
  • Sverre A.C. Kittelsen, Frisch Centre for Economic Research, Norway
  • Thorhildur Olafsdottir, University of Iceland
  • Ulf Persson, IHE, Sweden

Articles in press - Early view of accepted manuscripts

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Mortality-risk valuation, age and cause of death: out-of-hospital cardiac arrest Article
Björn Sund
A Comparison of Cost-Benefit and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Practice: Divergent Policy Practices in Sweden Article
Mikael Svensson, Lars Hultkrantz
Socioeconomic status and children’s need for hospital services. Implications for need-based resource allocation models Article
Oddvar Kaarboe, Fredrik Carlsen

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ISSN: 1892-9710