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The relationship between indebtedness and health inequality in Europe the topic of CHEPA’s next seminar

10 Sep 2018

Visiting professor Margherita Giannoni, an Associate Professor at the Università di Perugia (Italy), will present CHEPA’s first seminar of the new academic year on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Dr. Giannoni’s presentation, entitled “Financial problems and health inequalities in Europe: how does Italy compare?”  looks at the role that people’s financial difficulties have on the determinants of self-reported health in Italy as compared with selected other European countries.

Her presentation will begin with an overview of the evolution of the Italian health-care system and equity in health and access to healthcare in that country. Next, she’ll use evidence from quantitative analysis conducted with colleagues to illustrate how being deeply in debt can influence people’s physical health. This includes a conceptual model that uses home ownership as a base to analyze the socioeconomic determinants of health, to test whether over-indebtedness and home ownership can be considered autonomous determinants of European individuals’ health.

Dr. Giannoni says the research shows that being in a household that is in arrears with payments and at risk of becoming deeply in debt is a consistent and robust predictor of poor health outcomes, whereas home ownership positively affects individual self-reported health.

Dr. Giannoni is an Associate Professor at the Università di Perugia (Italy), specializing in health economics and healthcare policy. Her main research focus is on equity in health and healthcare and on measuring the health inequalities of migrants and other vulnerable groups.

She has a PhD in Economics (University of Italian Swiss, CH) and a Msc in Health Economics (University of York, UK) and is a Visiting Professor at McMaster University for the fall semester.

Previously, she has undertaken various research projects as Scientific Coordinator of the Poverty and Equity in Health Research Group (PEHRG) at the University of Perugia. She is a founding member of SHIP (Ideas in Motion srls), a spin-off of the University of Perugia, and is also recognized as the founder of the "Health for Migrants" web platform and application, based on the research conducted on health and immigration. Recently, she has been working on migrant integration policies and health inequalities in Europe and on the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) for Health Care.

The seminar will be held on Wednesday September 19 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in CRL-B119. All are welcome to attend.

If you are unable to attend in person you are welcome to participate remotely online, using WebEx. To join the seminar online, copy and paste this link into your browser:

The password is CHEPAseminar


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