Pre-conference: Microsimulation models as a health policy decision support tool  

Wednesday 9 November, 9:00 – 12:30 CET (followed by network lunch)

Organised by:

EUPHA Public health economics section, in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)


Microsimulation has long been used in economics and policies, for instance to study income taxes or unemployment. These models are powerful tools which allow testing “what if” scenarios. Health economics is not an exception with such models being increasingly used to assess the potential impact of policies. Using individuals as the unit of analysis, different individual life trajectories can be simulated during which life events compete to occur. Assigning costs to life events, the economic impact of different scenarios, including savings in healthcare expenditure, can also be evaluated.

This pre-conference will discuss some of the key methodological steps of microsimulation modelling taking as examples models used to inform policy-making in various fields, from promoting healthier lifestyles to tackling infectious diseases.

Detailed programme to follow.


The registration fee is € 75 which includes networking lunch and refreshments.