Pavitra PAUL


Dr. Pavitra PAUL, PhD. is a health economist. His research streams are (1) evaluating public policy, and equity of health policies and healthcare services, (2) choice modelling for healthcare service/s consumption and welfare measures, and (3) measuring health systems’ performance. His scientific publications can be accessed in Pavitra is spearheading the ongoing project of “Examining Health Systems’ efficiency” under the auspices of International Health Economics Association []. He is also working with Professeur Olivier CHANEL on “Revisiting the choice of a sustainable environment: an understanding of subjective health”. Dr. PAUL was an “Academy of Finland” scholar in 2018 for his study, “the welfare effect of choice in a compulsory insurance based health system in the Russian Federation”.

Dr. PAUL is the course teacher for “Public Health Economics” and “Health Systems” in Master’s program. He is a European Union Erasmus + teacher for “Public Health Economics” course in MPH programme of Riga Stradiņš University, RIga, Latvija since 2014. At present, he is co-supervising one doctoral candidate of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine for the topic, ”Examining the appropriateness of methodological approaches for comparison of health systems’ efficiency in three different country contexts”.

He is also affiliated to (1) Laboratory for Experimentation in Social Sciences and Behavioral Analysis, Burgundy school of business, France; and (2) Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg, The Russian Federation for his research and teaching activities.

Besides his deep engagement with International Health Economics Association, he is also having participatory commitments in the Collège des Economistes de la santé, and in the Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics. Dr. PAUL is a member in the scientific review panel (s) of (1) Applied Economics; (2) International Journal for Equity in Health; and (3) International Journal of Health Economics and Management.

Recent Publications

Paul P. (2019): “The distributive fairness of out-of-pocket healthcare expenditure in the Russian Federation”. International Journal of Health Economics and Management, 2019,
[This study examines the effect of (1) changes in the distribution of socioeconomic position on out-of-pocket healthcare expenditure distribution and (2) urban-rural segmentation of population in the distribution of out-of-pocket healthcare expenditure].

Paul P., Berlin C., Maessen M. and Valtonen H. (2018): “A comparison of regret-based and utility-based discrete choice modelling – an empirical illustration with hospital bed choice”. Applied Economics, 2018,
[This empirical study compares two approaches – regret minimization and utility maximization in choice modelling using Swiss hospitalisation data (2005-2012)].

• Berķe-Berga A., Paul P. and Valtonen H. (2017): “Examining Health Inequalities in Latvia – “A Decade of Association between Socioeconomic Position and Perceived Health Status”. BioMed Research International, 2017,
[This study identifies the determinants of health inequalities in Latvian population and estimates the changes over time in proportional contribution of different socioeconomic strata related determinants in Latvian health inequalities].

Paul P. and Valtonen H. (2016): “Health inequality in the Russian Federation: An examination of the changes in concentration and achievement indices from 1994 to 2013”. International Journal for Equity in Health, 15(36), DOI: 10.1186/s12939-016-0325-9.
[This paper estimates the magnitude of health inequalities ascribed to socioeconomic strata from 1994 to 2013 in the Russian Federation].

Paul P., Hakobyan M. and Valtonen H. (2016): “The Association between self-perceived health status and satisfaction with healthcare services: Evidence from Armenia”. BMC Health Services Research, 16(67), DOI: 10.1186/s12913-016-1309-6.
[This paper examines the relationship between the perceived health status of the population and the satisfaction with healthcare services].

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