October 15, 2020 – William Robson, CEO of the C.D. Howe Institute, announces the re-appointment of Åke Blomqvist as a Fellow-in-Residence.
“Åke is one of Canada’s preeminent health economists, and his expertise in economic analysis and public policy makes him an invaluable asset to the Institute,” said Robson. “We are delighted that our fruitful partnership with him will continue.”
”Health policy is an area where economic theory, ideology, and vested interests sometimes seem to fight each other to a standstill”, says Blomqvist. “By providing a forum where these camps can have a civilized conversation, the Institute does yeoman’s work which, one may hope, leads to better decisions”.
Åke Blomqvist received his undergraduate education in his native Sweden, and a PhD from Princeton in 1971. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Western Ontario where he taught between 1968 and 2002. From 2002 to 2010, he worked in Asia, in the National University of Singapore, and, for two years, as Professor in the Center for Human Capital and Labor Economics Research at the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing.
Effective 2011, he is Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University and Health Policy Scholar at the C.D. Howe Institute.
Blomqvist’s two principal areas of research have been the economics of developing countries, and the economics of health care. His work has been published both in the journals and in more policy-oriented outlets. Much of his writing in health economics has had an international comparative flavour, and includes a monograph on health system reform in China.
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