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; and

8) Economics of social and long term health care.

In addition to original research papers, we also welcome reviews, 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).

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.
Subcriptions:In order to subscribe to the print version of the Nordic Journal of Health Economics, please contact the Managing Editor
  • 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
  • Line Bjørnskov Pedersen
    Associate professor, Senior researcher
    Danish Centre for Health Economics - DaCHE, Institute of Public Health & Research Unit for General Practice
    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
  • Tinna Laufey Asgeirsdottir
    Professor of Economics,
    University of Iceland
  • Hans Olav Melberg
    Associate Professor in Health Economics,
    University of Oslo, Norway
  • Unto Häkkinen
    Research Professor,
    National Institute for Health and Welfare,
    Centre for Health and Social Economics, Finland
  • Margareta Dackehag
    (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
  • Johan Jarl, Lund University, Sweden
  • 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, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Mikael Svensson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Oddvar Kaarbøe, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Paul Nystedt, Jönköping University, Sweden
  • Pekka RissanenNational Institute for Health and Welfare, 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
  • Åsa Ljungvall, The Swedish Agency for Health and Care Services Analysis, Sweden


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ISSN: 1892-9710