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Dr Michael Lebenbaum

Senior Manager, Health Economics & Outcomes Research
Canadian Cancer Society

Although there is a rich literature examining the relationships between social capital and health, a neglected topic has been the effects of health on social capital. Economic models highlight that health is an important input into the production of social capital, yet few studies have investigated the causal impacts of health on social capital. I will highlight findings from a series of studies that have investigated the effects of different facets of health, including mental health, child health and the COVID-19 pandemic. Studies will draw on an array of econometric methods, including instrumental variable analyses, time series designs, and sibling fixed effects models.

  • Lebenbaum M, de Oliveira C, Gagnon F, Laporte A. Child health and its effect on adult social capital accumulation. Health Economics. 2024 Jan 18. doi: 10.1002/hec.4792. Online ahead of print.
  • Lebenbaum M, de Oliveira C, McKiernan J, Gagnon F, Laporte A. COVID-19 Pandemic, Physical Distancing Policies, and the Non-Profit Sector Volunteer Force. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 2023 Apr 19:08997640231163782.
  • Lebenbaum M, Laporte A, de Oliveira C. The effect of mental health on social capital: An instrumental variable analysis. Social Science & Medicine. 2021 Mar 1;272:113693.

About the presenter:

Michael Lebenbaum is the Senior Manager, Health Economics & Outcomes Research for the Canadian Cancer Society. He completed a MSc in epidemiology from Western University, a PhD in Health Economics from the University of Toronto and recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has worked as an epidemiologist at Public Health Ontario and ICES. His research interests include applying econometric methods to examining the determinants of social capital and the social impacts of illness and conducting studies estimating the cost-effectiveness of public policies.

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