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Yoo Byung-Kwang

Yoo Byung-Kwang

Research Category

Health economics, Health Policy

Area of Interest

Economic evaluation of measures against influenza epidemic/pandemic, International comparison of health care systems

Recent Thoughts

My recent research foci are to develop a dynamic model to predict the infectious disease path integrating a biological epidemic model and a micro-economic model, and to evaluate the economic impacts of measures by a government and medical institutions against influenza (particularly a pandemic) using a mathematical simulation model, e.g., the mass media report effect on individual behavior to seek vaccination.


  • “Impacts of Informal Caregiver Availability on Long-term Care Expenditures in OECD Countries”, Health Services Research, 2004 Dec; 39 (6 Pt 2):1971-92.
  • “The Determinants of Influenza Vaccination Timing”, Health Economics, 2005 Aug; 14 (8):777-91

Recent/Ongoing Works

  • Yoo BK, Holland ML, Bhattacharya J, Phelps CE, Szilagyi PG, “Effects of Mass Media Coverage on Timing and Annual Receipt of Influenza Vaccination among Medicare Elderly”, Health Services Research (in press)

  • Yoo BK, Kasajima M, Bhattacharya J, “Public Avoidance and the Epidemiology of novel H1N1 Influenza A”, National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper, w15752, National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA, February 2010, (

  • Yoo BK, Szilagyi PG,, Schaffer SJ., Humiston SG., Rand CM., Albertin CS, Vincelli P, Blumkin AK, Shone LP, Coleman MS, “The Cost of Universal Influenza Vaccination of Children in Pediatric Practices”, Pediatrics, 2009 Dec;124 Suppl 5:S499-506

  • Yoo BK, Kasajima M, Fiscella K, Bennett N, Phelps CE, Szilagyi PG, “Effects of ongoing epidemic and vaccine supply on the annual influenza vaccination rate and vaccination timing among the Medicare elderly: 2000-2005”, American Journal of Public Health, 2009, October; 99:S383–S388

  • Yoo BK, and Grosse S, “Cost-Effectiveness of Screening Newborns for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia”, Public Health Genomics, 2009;12(2):67-72. Epub 2008 Sep 14.

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