The Political Economy of Health Economics

YSI Workshop @ National Press Club

April 13 2020, 09:00 - 15:00

WashingtonUnited States

IMPORTANT: Due to growing concerns around the coronavirus, this workshop will be postponed.


Deadline to apply for travel stipends: 8 March, 2020. If you will need to apply for a visa, apply by February 23 for earlier notice.

This workshop will include lectures by and discussions with experts in the field.


Prof. Bill Lazonick, Emeritus Professor in Economics "The political economy of the US pharmaceutical drug industry: opiods and regulatory failures"

Dr. Chinazo Cunningham, physician and researcher, Prof of Medicine at Einstein/Montefiore "The effects of medical cannabis among adults with chronic pain who take opioids"

Dr. Adam Orens, economist "The intersection of medical and adult use cannabis legalization"


New drug epidemics like the current opioid crisis have become a major part of the debate on corporate control over health practitioners and policymakers. The conversations are shifting into new territory. Former illegal drugs, like marijuana, have surfaced from the dark spaces of illegality and more colorful countercultures to become a viable option for health care treatments and legal revenues.

This workshop will gather researchers in public health, economics and law, and European advocates for drug-policy reforms (from academia to civil society) to develop a deeper understanding of our new political economy of health.

Young scholars in public policy, law, economics, sociology, history working on the below topics are especially encouraged to join us.

  • the roots of the contemporary U.S. opioid crisis
  • the relationship between medical cannabis and opioids from a public health perspective
  • the economic consequences of medical cannabis legalization

How to Attend

Anyone with an interest in the topic is encouraged to apply. Presenting is optionnal.

Workshop participants are also invited to the INET Conference that will follow on 14-15 April, ahead of the IMF and World Bank Meetings on 16-18 April.

Interested participants residing outside the DC area may request to be considered for partial travel support and/or accommodation. In your application, please attach your CV and motivation, and elaborate on how your work and your interests align with the goals of the workshop, and the partner organization.

Questions ?

Write to Laurène Tran -

Time & Date

Start: April 13 2020, 09:00

End: April 13 2020, 15:00


National Press Club

14th Street Northwest, Washington
Working groups
  • Economics of Innovation
Project Organizers
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Laurène Tran

For questions, the Project Organizers.