I am Ph.D. Candidate at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, in the interdisciplinary research programme Smarter Choices for Better Health. My work brings together the fields of health economics and public health and I have joint supervision from the Department of Public Health of Erasmus MC and the Department of Applied Economics of the Erasmus School of Economics. I am currently visiting the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health of McGill University, in Montreal.


My research applies quasi-experimental methods to evaluate policies with a causal lenses, in line with methodologies of impact evaluation. I use large administrative datasets to retrospectively identify differential effects of health care programs and reforms by socioeconomic status. With my research I aim to support evidence-based policy making by a better understanding of how health policy can (unintendedly) contribute to health care and health inequalities in the population. I study the topics of mental health care, long-term care, health insurance coverage and cost-sharing.


As part of my extracurricular activities I am a member of the Board of the Portuguese Association for Health Economics (APES), where I am also a representant of the Early Career Committee; and I am part of the Junior Committee of the initiative Smarter Choices for Better Health.


In 2017 I have completed a MSc in International Health Policy and Health Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). While in London I have been a research assistant to the Social Policy and the Psychological and Behavioural Science departments of LSE and had academic placements at the health care focused think-thank Nuffield Trust and at the Health Value for Money team of the National Audit Office.


As part of my working experience I held roles of Outcomes Consultant and Outcomes Research Manager, respectively in UK and Portuguese subsidiaries of multinational pharmaceutical industries. I have also spent time as an analyst and consultant at the Centre for Evidence-based Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon. I have graduated as a Pharmacist (M.Pharm) from the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Lisbon in 2013.


Detailed information on my education and working experience can be found on my CV.

Acad CV Francisca Vargas Lopes May21.pdf