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Paul Contoyannis

Associate Professor, Department of Economics
Member, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis

T: (905) 525-9140, ext. 26582

McMaster University
1280 Main Street West,
Kenneth Taylor Hall - 416 
Hamilton, ON
L8S 4M4

Paul Contoyannis is an associate professor in the Department of Economics; is the economics field leader in McMaster's Health Policy 
Phd program and is a member of CHEPA. He is head of the Health Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) and was a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick, UK. in 2015. Prior to joining McMaster in February 2002, he was a research fellow at the University of York, U.K., where he worked on two Economic and Social Research Council projects on the analysis of longitudinal health data. His PhD in Economics, obtained from the University of York in 2000, focused on the causes and consequences of inequalities in health, considering both theoretical and empirical issues relating to addiction, wages and income inequality. Other interests include the analysis of health dynamics and the determinants and effects of lifestyle, which leads to his main methodological interest: estimation and inference in complex microeconometric models. He has a B.Sc. degree in economics and an M.Sc. in health economics also from the University of York.


  • health dynamics
  • determinants of health and health inequalities
  • simulation based inference in microeconometric models
  • economic determinants of body weight
  • economic effects in adulthood of childhood abuse
  • intergenerational transmission of income and health inequality 


Contoyannis P, Li J. The dynamics of adolescent depression: an instrumental variable quantile regression with fixed effects approach. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society A. 2016. doi:10.1111/rssa.12225

Guindon E., Contoyannis P.  ‘A second look at pharmaceutical spending as a determinant of health outcomes in Canada,’ Health Economics. 2012. 21, 12, 1477-1495

Guindon GE, Contoyannis P. A response to crémieux, meilleur, ouellette and petit. Health Economics. December 21, 2012: 1499-501.

Jones A., Rice N. and Contoyannis, P. The Dynamics of Health, Chapter 2 in the Elgar Companion to Health Economics edited by Jones, A. 2nd edition.

Contoyannis, P. and Li J. (2011) The evolution of health outcomes from childhood to adolescence, Journal of Health Economics 30, 1, 11-32.

Contoyannis. P and Martin Dooley.(2010) The role of child health and economic status in educational, health and labour market outcomes in young adulthood, Canadian Journal of Economics, 43, 1, 323-346.

Contoyannis., P and Wildman., J (2007) Using relative distributions to investigate the Body Mass Index in England and Canada, Health Economics (2007) 16: 929-944.

Jones, A., Rice., N., and Contoyannis., P (2006) The Dynamics of Health, Chapter 2 in the Elgar Companion to Health Economics edited by Jones., A. and available as ECUITY Working Paper no 27 here.

Contoyannis, P. Hurley, J, Grootendorst, P, Jeon, S-H and Tamblyn. R: Estimating the price elasticity of expenditure for prescription drugs in the presence of non-linear price schedules: An illustration from Quebec, Canada, Health Economics (2005) 14: 909-923.

Contoyannis, P. and A.M Jones and R. Leon-Gonzalez: Using simulation-based inference with panel data in health economics, Health Economics (2004) 13, 2:101-122 

Contoyannis, P. and A.M Jones and N. Rice: The dynamics of health in the British Household Panel Survey, Journal of Applied Econometrics (2004) 19,4, 473-503

Contoyannis, P. and Jones, A.M.: Socio-economic status, health and lifestyle,  Journal of Health Economics (2004) 23, 5, 965-995




  • Methods of Inquiry in Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Analysis of Health Data
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