Professor Emily Lancsar

PhD Economics, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; MEc, University of Sydney; Post Grad Dip Health Econ & Evaluation, Monash; BEc, ANU; BA (Asian Studies), ANU
Head, Department of Health Services Research and Policy


Professor Emily Lancsar is Head of the Department of Health Services Research and Policy at the ANU.  She is an economist with particular interests in understanding and modelling choice, preferences and behaviour of key decision makers in the health sector, priority setting in the health system, economic evaluation and policy analysis.

Emily holds a number of current and past ARC, NHMRC, MRC, ESRC, NIHR and EU funded grants and fellowships. She is a member of a number of government advisory committees including the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC), the Economic Sub-Committee of MSAC and the Economic Sub-Committee of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.

Prior to joining ANU, Emily was an Associate Professor in the Centre for Health Economics at Monash University. Joining Monash in 2011 represented a return to Australia after spending more than 7 years at Newcastle University in the UK where she held Senior Lecturer and Lecturer positions in the Department of Economics.  Emily also previously worked at CHERE in Sydney and at the Federal Department of Health.  She is a past Vice President of the Australian Health Economics Society.


Research interests

  • Health Economics
  • Health Services Research
  • Behavioural economics
  • Discrete choice experiments
  • Discrete choice modelling
  • Priority setting in resource allocation


Selected recent publications

Blake MR, Lancsar E, Peeters A, Backholer K. Sugar-sweetened beverage price elasticities in a hypothetical convenience store. Social Science and Medicine, 2019, 225:98-107.

Ghijben P, Gu, Y, Lancsar E, Zavarsek, S, Revealed and Stated Preferences of Decision Makers for Priority Setting in Health Technology Assessment: A Systematic Review PharmacoEconomics, 2018, 36:323–340.

Lancsar E; Fiebig DG; Hole AR, Discrete Choice Experiments: A Guide to Model Specification, Estimation and Software, PharmacoEconomics, 2017 vol. 35, pp. 697 – 716.

Ride J and Lancsar E, Women’s preferences for treatment of perinatal depression and anxiety: A discrete choice experiment. PLOS One, 2016,11:6, e0156629. 

Gu Y, Lancsar E, Ghijben P, Butler J, Donaldson C, “Attributes and weights in health care priority setting: a systematic review of what counts and to what extent” Social Science and Medicine, 2015, 146: 41-52.

Kaambwa B, Lancsar E, McCaffrey N, Chen G, Gill L, Cameron I, Crotty M, Ratcliffe J, “Investigating consumers’ and informal carers’ views and preferences for consumer directed care: A discrete choice experiment”, Social Science and Medicine, 2015, 140: 81-94.

Ghiben P, Lancsar E, Zavarsek S, “Preferences for oral anticoagulants in atrial fibrillation: a best-best discrete choice experiment”, PharmacoEconomics, 2014, 32: 11, 1115-1127.

Lancsar E, Swait J, “Reconceptualising the external validity of Discrete Choice Experiments”, PharmacoEconomics, 2014, 32: 10, 951-965.

Lancsar E, Louviere J, Donaldson C, Currie G, Burgess L. Best Worst Discrete Choice Experiments in Health: Methods and an Application. Social Science and Medicine, 2013, 76: 74-82.

Johnson FR, Lancsar E, Marshall D, Kilambi V, Muhlbacher A, Bridges JFP, Regier DA, Bresnahan B, Rose J, Kanninen B. Constructing experimental design for choice-format conjoint analysis studies: A Report of the ISPOR Conjoint Analysis Experimental Design Task Force. Value in Health. 2013; 16: 3 – 13.

Lancsar E, Wildman J, Donaldson C, Ryan M, Baker R. ‘Deriving distributional weights for QALYs through discrete choice experiments’, Journal of Health Economics 2011; 30: 466-478. 


Current PhD Students

Lynne Pezullo, PhD Candidate. Cost of illness: potential guidelines for best practice methodology and a novel Australian application.

Ghada Gleeson, PhD Candidate. The cost-effectiveness of a new treatment modality for people who sustain mild to moderate whiplash injuries in road traffic accidents.



Thi Hong Thao, PhD Candidate, Monash University, Pharmacists workforce preferences and choices, 2017 – current.

Jing Jing Li, PhD Candidate, Monash University, Decision making in health technology assessment, 2016- current.

Peter Ghijben, PhD Candidate, Monash University, Economic studies in health technology assessment, 2016- current.

Miranda Blake, PhD Candidate, Monash University, Pricing interventions to reduce population sugar sweetened beverage consumption, 2015- current.


Supervised students