Dr Igor Francetic

Research Fellow

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Who – I’m an Applied Economist working on Health and Healthcare.

What –  I am interested in various applied microeconomic and microeconometric topics in the areas of health and healthcare, including: cancer detection and screening services • analysis of spillover effects in health[care] • inequalities and inequities in emergency care • selection and moral hazard in health insurance • primary care workforce • primary care networks • implications of mental health services for labour market outcomes.

How – I try to approach empirical studies with theoretical underpinnings, using econometric and network analysis tools and working comfortably across platforms (especially R and Stata).


Igor is a health economist. He obtained a PhD in Public Health with specialization in Health Economics from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) of the University of Basel (Switzerland). His PhD - titled "An Inquiry into Health Systems Governance: the Case of Tanzania" - focused on the identification and empirical evaluation of the implications of health systems governance for health service delivery in Tanzania. The study applied a wide range of econometric and statistical approaches using administrative, primary and secondary survey data. The PhD was enriched by extensive fieldwork for primary data collection. The research was funded by the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d).

In his previous role, Igor also contributed to policy oriented projects, including: 

  • study of strategic options for the network of public hospitals in the Southern Switzerland region
  • study of leadership for patient safety within two private hospital wards using social network analysis tools
  • mapping and evaluation of potential improvements related to networks of cooperation among private and public nursing homes in the Southern Switzerland region

Prior to his PhD, Igor obtained a MSc in Economics from HEC Lausanne (Switzerland), with a thesis developing a macroeconomic (DSGE) model to study the interaction between news shocks and risk aversion. Before that, he was awarded a BA in Economics from the University of Lugano in 2012 (graduating with a thesis featuring an econometric analysis of residential electricity consumption in the Lugano region) and a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI). During undergraduate studies, Igor maintained (non-research) part-time positions in the public sector in Switzerland and later joined SUPSI as Teaching Assistant and Doctoral Fellow.



  • PhD in Public Health (University of Basel, 2019)
  • International Doctoral Courses inHealth Economics and Policy (Swiss Society of Health Economis [sggö], 2019)
  • MSc in Economics (University of Lausanne, 2016)
  • BA in Economics (University of Lugano, 2012)
  • BSc in Business Administration (University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland [SUPSI], 2011)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Member of:

  • Health Economics Study Group (HESG)
  • International Health Economics Association (iHEA)
  • Swiss Society of Health Economics (sggö)
  • Associazione Latina per l’Analisi dei Sistemi Sanitari (ALASS)


  • Health Economics, Applied Economics, Econometrics, Health Care, Health Behaviours, Health Services Research, Health Inequalities, Health Policy, Mental Health

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2019 - Doctor of Medicine, An Inquiry into Health Systems Governance: the Case of Tanzania, University of Basel

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