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Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis
Michel Grignon

Michel Grignon

Associate Professor, Department of Economics
Associate Professor, Department of Health, Aging and Society

McMaster University
1280 Main Street West,
Kenneth Taylor Hall 232
Hamilton, ON
L8S 4M4

Michel Grignon is an associate professor in the Department of Economics and the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Health Reform Observer – Observatoire des Réformes de Santé and is also an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Health Economics in Paris, France. He was the Director of CHEPA from July 2011 to April 2017. Before joining McMaster in July 2004, he worked at the Institut de Recherche, d’Etudes et de Documentation en Economie de la Santé (IRDES) in Paris. He was born in France, and obtained his Master’s Equivalent at the National School for Statistics and Economics in Paris, and his PhD at Ecole de Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, also in Paris. Grignon has extensive experience at an international level in research projects and activities in the areas of health economics, health-related policies, health insurance and aging. His current research projects cover a broad range of topics, including how an aging society impacts health care expenditures in Canada and in France. He is also involved in research examining inequities in health care utilization and health policy in Canada, as well as exploring equity and efficiency by using experimental economic methods for financing health care.


  • Equity in health care utilization and health care financing
  • Population aging
  • Efficiency of health care systems
  • Health policy and reforms
  • Affordability and access to health and long-term care insurance and health care
  • Health-related behaviours


Grignon M, Spencer BG. On Removing Age and Especially Old Age as a Criterion in Social Programs, Canadian Public Policy. 2015. 41(3): 241-51.

Grignon M. 2014. Access and health insurance, in: Anthony J. Culyer (ed.), Encyclopedia of Health Economics, Vol.1. San Diego: Elsevier; 13-18.

Grignon M. 2014. Protection Sociale, in Dictionnaire des Inegalites. A. Bihr and R. Pfefferkorn, eds. Armand Collin (Paris).

Grignon, M., Owusu, Y., Sweetman, A. 2013. The International Migration of Health Professionals in The International Handbook on the Economics of Migration, Amelie F. Constant and Klaus F. Zimmermann (eds.). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar; 75-97. 

Grignon, M. and Bernier N., Financing options for long-term care in Canada, Institute for Research in Public Policies, Institut de Recherches en Politiques Publiques (IRPP), Montréal, Québec, June 2012.

Grignon, M. and Bernier, N..  Financing Long-Term Care in Canada. IRPP Study 33. Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy. 2012.

Grignon M. A democratic responsiveness approach to real reform:  An exploration of health care systems’ resilience. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. 2012. Volume 37, Number 4: 665-676.

Allin S, Grignon M, Le Grand J. Subjective Unmet Need and Utilization of Health Care services in Canada: What are the Equity Implications? Social Science and Medicine. February 2010; 70 (3): 465-472.

Grignon M. An empirical investigation of heterogeneity in time preferences and smoking behaviours, Journal of Socio-Economics, 2009; 38: 739-751.

Grignon, M. Pourquoi les systèmes de santé sont ils organisés différemment? Revue Economique, 2009; 60(2): 545-558.

Grignon M. Le système de santé au Canada, Revue Française des Affaires Sociales, October-December 2008; 62(4) : 67-87.

Jusot F, Grignon M, Dourgnon P. Access to psycho-social resources and health: exploratory findings from a survey of the French population. Health Economics Policy and Law, 2008; 3: 365-391.


  • health economics and its application to health policy
  • population economics
  • economics of aging
  • research methods in gerontology
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