Personal profile


Who – I’m an Applied Economist working on Health and Healthcare.

What –  I am interested in various applied microeconomic problems in the areas of health (behaviours) and healthcare (organisation and provider's behavoiur), including: cancer detection and screening services • analysis of spillover effects in health[care] • inequalities and inequities in emergency care • selection and moral hazard in health insurance • primary care workforce • primary care networks • implications of mental health services for labour market outcomes.

How – I try to approach empirical studies with theoretical underpinnings, using microeconometric and network analysis tools and working comfortably across platforms (especially R and Stata).


Igor is an applied economist interested in health and health care. His PhD - titled "An Inquiry into Health Systems Governance: the Case of Tanzania" - focused on the identification and empirical evaluation of the implications of health systems governance for health service delivery in Tanzania. The study applied a wide range of econometric and statistical approaches using administrative, primary and secondary survey data. The PhD was enriched by extensive fieldwork for primary data collection. The research was funded by the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d).

In his previous role as doctoral fellow at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, Igor also contributed to policy-oriented projects, including: 

  • study of strategic options for the network of public hospitals in the Southern Switzerland region
  • study of leadership for patient safety within two private hospital wards using social network analysis tools
  • mapping and evaluation of potential improvements related to networks of cooperation among private and public nursing homes in the Southern Switzerland region

Prior to his PhD in Public Health (specialisation in Health Economics), Igor obtained a MSc in Economics from HEC Lausanne (Switzerland), with a thesis developing a macroeconomic (DSGE) model to study the interaction between news shocks and risk aversion. Before that, he was awarded a BA in Economics from the University of Lugano in 2012 (graduating with a thesis featuring an econometric analysis of residential electricity consumption in the Lugano region) and a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI). During undergraduate studies, Igor maintained (non-research) part-time positions in the public sector in Switzerland and later joined SUPSI as Teaching Assistant and Doctoral Fellow.



  • PhD in Public Health (University of Basel, 2019)
  • International Doctoral Courses in Health Economics and Policy (Swiss Society of Health Economis [sggö], 2019)
  • MSc in Economics (University of Lausanne, 2016)
  • BA in Economics (University of Lugano, 2012)
  • BSc in Business Administration (University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland [SUPSI], 2011)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Health Economists' Study Group UK (HESG) - Member
  • Royal Economic Society (RES) - Member
  • Swiss Society of Health Economics (sggö) - Member
  • Croatian Health Economics Association (CHEA) - Co-founder and member of the board

Office hours

By appointment (email). 

Room 5.17, 5th floor, Williamson building.

Units taught

I am a co-lecturer in the BSc/BA "Health Economics" unit (ECON 32202), alongside unit coordinator Dr. Luke Munford.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Medicine, An Inquiry into Health Systems Governance: the Case of Tanzania, University of Basel

Award Date: 18 Dec 2019

Master of Economics, On Risk Aversion and News Shocks, Universite de Lausanne (University of Lausanne)

Award Date: 8 Mar 2016

External positions

SSPH+ Fellow, Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+)

May 2024 → …

SNSF Ambizione Fellow, Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana SUPSI

Jan 2024 → …

Areas of expertise

  • HA Statistics
  • HB Economic Theory
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine


  • Health Economics
  • Applied Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Health Care
  • Health Behaviours
  • Health Services Research
  • Health Inequalities
  • Health Policy
  • Mental Health


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