Master's Thesis: Vaccine prioritization in Denmark hos Institut for Fødevare- og Ressourceøkonomi - Københavns Universitet

There is a lot of very recent work on vaccinations in the wake of the COVID pandemic. These have addressed questions of how the vaccines should be allocated and priced [1] and how equity concerns affect these decisions [2].
There have also been studies on how economic incentives can be used to increase vaccine supply [3] as well as seemingly paradoxical findings that partial vaccination can be harmful to society [4].

In short, this is an incredibly relevant area that the top game theorists worldwide are currently working on.

What to write?

A thesis on this topic should include a formal model with a basic game-theoretical analysis. It should also contain a practical description of the relevant vaccination procedure, for instance focusing on the case of Denmark. If relevant, computer simulations can be used to illustrate the theoretical findings.

Contact:

Postdoc Jens Gudmundsson

Section for Production, Markets and Policy (IFRO)

Rolighedsvej 23, 1958 Frederiksberg C, Denmark

+45 35326197 // jg@ifro.ku.dk

References:

[1] Akbarpour, Budish, Dworczak, Kominers “An Economic Framework for Vaccine Prioritization“ (2022)

[2] Pathak, Sönmez, Unver, Yenmez ”Fair Allocation of Vaccines, Ventilators and Antiviral Treatments: Leaving No Ethical Value Behind in

Health Care Rationing” (2021)

[3] Castillo et al. ”Market design to accelerate COVID-19 vaccine supply” (Science 2021)

[4] Talamas and Vohra ”Go Big or Go Home: A Free and Perfectly Safe but Only Partially Effective Vaccine Can Make Everyone Worse Off” (2018)

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