Call for Abstracts

ASHEcon 2024 Conference

June 16 — 19, 2024
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
San Diego, California

The American Society of Health Economists will hold their ASHEcon 2024 Conference in San Diego, California at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina from June 16 — 19, 2024.

The American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon) is a professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in health economics research in the U.S. Health economics has emerged as a distinct and successful field in economics. ASHEcon is a large community of researchers bringing theoretical and empirical insights based on the discipline of economics to policy-relevant issues in health care costs, outcomes, health behavior and health care delivery. Since its first conference, hosted at the University of Wisconsin in 2006, ASHEcon's meeting has quickly become the premier health economics conference in the U.S., providing a forum for presenting emerging ideas, empirical results, and methodological advances in health economics research and for facilitating the development of the next generation of health economics scholars.

ASHEcon is closely monitoring the situation regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. If circumstances render it unsafe or impossible for a large group to meet in San Diego, California next summer, we will adjust plans for the conference and update you promptly.


Submitted abstracts must be relevant to the field of health economics and demonstrate rigorous theoretical and empirical research methodologies.

We invite individuals to submit proposals for consideration by the scientific review committee. We are soliciting the following:

  • Individual abstracts to be integrated into sessions,
  • Organized sessions made up of 3 abstracts,
  • Policy Roundtables,
  • Spotlight Sessions, and
  • Emerging Scholar submissions to be integrated into sessions.


Before You Submit

Please verify your membership status here before you submit your application. Named presenters for each abstract must be current ASHEcon members or the session/abstract proposal cannot be completed. If all presenter(s) are active ASHEcon members, they will be able to fully submit their proposal. If not, the presenter(s) will need to join ASHEcon, renew their membership, or pay a $100 submission fee. In an effort to help federal government employees to participate in the conference, we are offering the opportunity for federal employees to submit as many abstracts to the conference as they would like, as well as join ASHEcon, for the low price of $100. A .gov email address will be needed for verification. If you pay your membership by check, you won't be able to submit your submission free of charge until your check is received. Membership is not required nor is there a fee to submit a Policy Roundtable or Spotlight Session.

Authors will receive immediate confirmation of abstract submission, thus obtaining a link that will allow them to log back into their abstracts, should changes need to be made. The submission process will be divided into several steps to make it easy for the submitter and to encourage the submission of all required information. Submitters who are interrupted before completing all steps can log back in and resume where they left off. Abstracts can be completed and repeatedly modified at any time up until the submission deadline.

The following submission types will be solicited in the conference's 18 program areas:

Individual Abstracts

A submission based on a single paper. All individual abstracts must be 500 words or less. The papers will be scored on their own merit then grouped with similar papers to be presented in an organized session at the conference. We require submitters to include a suggestion for discussant (either pre-arranged with the individual or not). If you do not have a discussant identified, you may list yourself as the discussant placeholder. We will recruit volunteer discussants to replace you in Spring 2024. Individual abstracts not selected for inclusion in the conference will be considered for a poster if requested by the author during the submission process.

If you are interested in submitting a session but need additional abstracts to complete your session, we invite you to review the Single Abstract Listing which will be updated weekly as submissions are received. This listing includes the program area and abstracts for each single abstract submitted for inclusion in the 2024 ASHEcon Conference. If you find an abstract (or abstracts) in the listing that you would like to use to create or fill out a panel, we encourage you to reach out to the author (contact information is in the document) and see if they would like to be part of the panel. If they would like to be part of the panel, they would need to withdraw their single abstract submission (they can do this by logging into the abstract system via the link in the confirmation email received when the abstract was submitted) and resubmit the abstract as part of the new panel. Fully submitted organized session submissions have an average acceptance rate of 80% compared to 40% for single abstract submissions.

Organized Sessions

Organized sessions must have exactly three papers with one presenting author and one discussant, plus any co-authors for each paper. In total, each session will have three presenting authors, three discussants and one session chair. An abstract of 500 words or less is required for each abstract in the session. Co-presenters can either complete their own abstract submission or allow the organizer to do so. We strongly encourage you to assemble sessions with diverse participants, in keeping with ASHEcon's objectives and values. Please note that abstracts within organized sessions may be rejected, accepted as a poster, or transferred to another session. All transferred or rejected abstracts will be replaced with a different abstract.

Emerging Scholars — Emerging Scholar submissions are open only to PhD students. All abstracts must be 500 words or less. The abstracts will be scored on their own merit then grouped with similar papers to be presented in an organized session at the conference. Sessions will, if possible, be organized around a common topic area. In order to focus attention on this research there will be one time slot of concurrent sessions devoted only to the Emerging Scholars sessions. Discussants will be senior scholars expert in the area of research of the student's paper. Moderators will be eminent senior scholars. Emerging Scholars abstract submission not considered for an Emerging Scholars Session, will be considered for an organized session or poster. Please do not submit your abstract twice.

Policy Roundtables — Roundtables are not abstract dependent, but rather feature speakers who will discuss a topic from varying perspectives and draw the audience into a discussion on the topic. Roundtable submissions should include no more than one moderator and at least two presenters. Submissions for policy roundtables must be 500 words or less. We strongly encourage you to assemble sessions with diverse participants, in keeping with ASHEcon's objectives and values. Examples of potential titles include: The Future of Prescription Drug Reimbursement and Assessing and Accelerating State Implementation of Value-Based Payment Reforms. All participants must register for the conference.

Spotlight Sessions — Spotlight sessions are not abstract dependent. Spotlight Sessions focus on special interest or career enhancement topics. Spotlight sessions must include one moderator and any number of presenters. Submissions for spotlight sessions must be 500 words or less. We strongly encourage you to assemble sessions with diverse participants, in keeping with ASHEcon's objectives and values. The sessions are not abstract dependent. Examples of potential titles include: Career Opportunities for Health Economists in Government and Public Service and Translating Research into Policy: How Claims Data Can Help Shape Public Policy on Healthcare and Assess Its Impact. All participants must register for the conference.

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*** The deadline for all submissions is Monday, December 4, 2023 at 11:59:59 PM PST. All submitters will receive an acceptance or rejection notice by March 2024. ***

Submission Steps:


    There are four steps to the abstract submission process.

    • Title - Enter the title of the proposal (single paper or organized session) and submitting author's email address.
    • Authors & Institutions - Enter contact information for submitting, presenting, and all other authors.
    • Abstract Text - Insert the body of the abstract here. Abstracts may be submitted by copying and pasting your text into the provided text box.
    • Confirmation - Please review all information carefully and complete the submission.
  2. TITLE

    Please provide paper and session titles that are no more than 15 words long.


    Please list all authors in the order you wish for them to appear in the program.

    Please include the submitting author, as anyone not listed in your submission will not appear in the program.

    Please include complete contact information for each author.

    When listing institutions, list ONLY the parent institution.

    Example: University of California-Berkeley (NOT Goldman School of Public Policy)

    Example: US Department of Education (NOT Office of Inspector General)


    Abstracts are limited to 500 words. This system will accept symbols. You do not need to include bibliographic or reference information with your abstract.

    Abstracts may be formatted as you see fit. ASHEcon does not require that abstracts be submitted with specific font, paragraph, or layout requirements as long as it is easy for reviewers to read and is 500 words or less in length.

    Abstracts may be submitted by copying and pasting your text into the provided text box.


    You will have a chance to look over the submission to make sure it is complete.


    For help in submitting an abstract online, email Technical Support.