My interest in health economics came about during my undergraduate studies in Stirling. My undergraduate thesis looked at the economics of prescription charging using Scottish Information Services Division (ISD), Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) data.
In my MSc thesis I developed further my interest in health economics and investigated the impact that disability legislation has on employment outcomes for the elderly. This project really deepened my enthusiasm for the use of longitudinal datasets to investigate health and economic outcomes for different populations.
My PhD work provides a quantitative perspective on some of the costs associated with the ageing population in the UK with a particular focus on Scotland. My PhD is structured in three chapters. The first explores older persons use of health and social care services towards the end of life and attempts to determine the effects of time to death and age on health and care resource use. In the second chapter I investigate the effect that unpaid carers have on the use of helath and social care services by the person they are caring for. This chapter aims to establish whether informal and formal care are complements or substitutes. The final chapter of my PhD looks at the impact of inofrmal care on standard of living. My research utilises both survey and administrative data.
To sum up my main research interests are: longitudinal economic analysis; health economics; the economics of ageing; the economics of social care; health and social care interactions.; unpaid carers.