The Ninth World Congress of the international Health Economics Association held in Sydney in July 2013 featured a student competition. This was designed to encourage the participation of graduate students and to highlight the quality of work going on in doctoral programmes in health economics.
Candidates were asked to submit full papers, and the competition was open to registered postgraduate students. The competition committee awarded the prize to: Joseph Dieleman (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington)
Measuring the displacement and replacement of government health expenditure.
To recognise the importance of new research by doctoral students, Health Economics has had a regular feature since 1999 that has published the prize winning papers. This issue of Health Economics presents an updated version of the prize-winning paper from 2013.
We hope to continue this feature in the future. For details of the next international Health Economics Association World Congress, see http://www.healtheconomics.org/.