Audrey Laporte

MA (University of Guelph)
PhD (University of Guelph)

Professional Interests

Professor Audrey Laporte’s research focusses in general on the development of micro-economic theory and the application of micro-econometric methods to address questions of policy interest to health and health care.   More specifically her work has centred on a set of themes: modelling of individual health capital accumulation and addictive behaviours; health human resource modelling, e.g. nurse, physician and personal support labour markets; and modelling the impact of policy changes on the performance of health care organizations, e.g. institutional long-term care, hospitals.  Her more recent work in collaboration with her students has focused on the impact of health conditions and socio-economic circumstance in early life on later life outcomes.  Professor Laporte is President-Elect of the International Health Economics Association and Director of the Canadian Centre for Health Economics.  She is an incoming Associate Editor of Health Economics, International co-Editor of International Journal for Reviews in Empirical Economics and incoming co-Editor of Healthcare Papers.

Other Affiliations

  • Director, Canadian Centre for Health Economics
  • President-Elect International Health Economics Association
  • Cross-Appointment, Department of Economics, University of Toronto
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Hospinnomics, Paris, France
  • Board Member, American Health Econometrics Workshop
  • Adjunct Senior Scientist, Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences

Research Interests

Economics, Micro-Economic Theory and Health, Health Econometrics, Health Services Research

Select Publications (*student papers)

Silver, M.P., Dass, A.R., Laporte, A. “The effect of post-retirement employment on health”, forthcoming Journal of the Economics of Ageing

Jones A.M., Laporte A., Rice N., Zucchelli E. (2019) “Dynamic panel data estimation of an integrated Grossman and Becker-Murphy model of health and addiction”, Empirical Economics. 56(2) 703-733.

*Laberge, M., Wodchis, W., Barnsley, J., Laporte, A., (2017) “Costs of Health Care across Primary Care Models in Ontario”, BMC Health Services Research, 17:511.

*Kim, J.S., Coyte, P.C., Cotterchio, M., Keogh, L.A., Flander, L.B., Gaff, C., Laporte, A. (2016) “The Impact of Receiving Predictive Genetic Information about Lynch Syndrome on Individual Colonoscopy and Smoking Behaviors” Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev; 25(11); 1–10.

*Laberge, M., Wodchis, W., Barnsley, J., Laporte, A. (2016) “Hospitalizations for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions across Primary Care Models in Ontario, Canada”, Social Science and Medicine, 181:24-33.

Laporte, A., Rohit-Dass, A., Ferguson, B. (2016) "Is the Rational Addiction model inherently impossible to estimate?", Journal of Health Economics, 54:161-175.

Allin, S., Rudoler, D., Laporte A. (2017) “Does increased medication use among seniors increase risk of hospitalization and emergency department visits?”, Health Services Research, 52(4):1550-69.

*Laberge, M., Wodchis, W., Barnsley, J., Laporte, A. (2016) "Efficiency of Ontario Primary Care Physicians across Payment Models: A Stochastic Frontier Analysis" Health Economics Review, December; 6:22.

*Mery, G., Wodchis, W., Laporte, A. (2016) "The determinants of the propensity to receive publicly funded home care services for the elderly in Canada: a panel two-stage residual inclusion approach", Health Economics Review, vol. 6, issue 8.

*Rudoler, D., Deber, R., Barnsley, J., Glazier, R. H., Rohit Dass, A., Laporte, A. (2015) “Paying for primary care: The factors associated with physician self-selection into payment models”, Health Economics, September; 24(9): 1229–1242.

*Jones A.M., Laporte, A., Rice, N., Zucchelli, E. (2015) “Do Public Smoking bans have an impact on active smoking? Evidence from the U.K.”, Health Economics,24(2):175–192.

*Rudoler, D., Laporte, A., Barnsley, J., Glazier, R.H., Deber, R.B. (2015) “Paying for primary care: A cross-sectional analysis of cost and morbidity distributions across primary care payment models in Ontario Canada”, Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 124: 18–28.

*Jacobs, J., Laporte, A., Van Houtven, C., Coyte, P.C., (2014) “Caregiving intensity and retirement status in Canada”, Social Science and Medicine, 102:74-82.

*Allin, S., Law, M.R., Laporte, A., (2013) “How does complementary private prescription drug insurance coverage affect seniors’ use of publicly funded medications?  Health Policy, 110(2-3).

*Wardle, G., Wodchis, W., Laporte, A., Anderson, G., Baker, R. (2011) “The sensitivity of adverse event cost estimates to diagnostic coding error” Health Services Research 47(3): 984–1007.

Nauenberg, E., Laporte, A., Shen, L. (2011) “Aging, Social Capital and Utilization of Health Services: A Lagged Analysis”, Health Policy. 103(1): 38-46.

*Chowdhury, H., Wodchis, W., Laporte, A. (2011) "Efficiency and technological change in health care services in Ontario: An application of Malmquist Productivity Index with bootstrapping", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, 60(7): 721– 745.

Laporte, A., Karimova, A., Ferguson, B. (2010) “Quantile Regression Analysis of the Rational Addiction Model: Investigating heterogeneity in forward-looking behavior”, Health Economics 19: 1063–1074.

*Lilly, M.B., Laporte, A., Coyte, P.C. (2010) “Do they care too much to work? The influence of caregiving intensity on the labour force participation of unpaid caregivers in Canada”, Journal of Health Economics Dec;29(6):895-903.

*Payne, G., Laporte, A., Foot, D., Coyte, P.C. (2009) “Temporal Trends in the Relative Cost of Dying: Evidence from Canada”, Health Policy, May;90(2-3):270-6.

Laporte, A., Nauenberg, E., Shen, L. (2008) “Aging, social capital and health care utilization in Canada”, Journal of Health Economics, Policy and Law, Vol. 3(4): 393-411.

*Liu, C., Laporte, A., Ferguson, B. (2008) “The Quantile Regression Approach to Efficiency Measurement: Insights from Monte Carlo Simulations”, Health Economics Sep;17(9):1073-87.

*Lilly, M.B., Laporte, A., Coyte, P.C. (2007) “Labor Market work and home care’s unpaid caregivers: A systematic review of labor force participation rates, predictors of labor market withdrawal, and hours of work”, Milbank Quarterly 85 (4):641-690. [CPA]

*Payne, G., Laporte, A., Deber, R., Coyte, P.C. (2007) “Counting Backward to Health Care’s Future: Using Time-to-Death Modeling to Identify Changes in End-of-Life Morbidity and the Impact of Aging on Health Care Expenditures”, Milbank Quarterly 85(2):213-257. [CPA]

Laporte, A. (2006) “Price responsiveness of demand for cigarettes: Does rationality matter?”,Substance Use and Misuse, 41(4):511-531. [PA]

Stabile, M., Laporte, A., Coyte, P.C., (2006) “Household Responses to Public Home Care Programs”, Journal of Health Economics, Vol. 25(4):674-701.

*Alameddine, M., Laporte, A., Baumann, A., O’Brien-Pallas, L., Mindon, B., Deber, R. (2006) “Stickiness and inflow as proxy measures of the relative attractiveness of various sub-sectors of employment”, Social Science and Medicine (63): 2310-2319.

Laporte, A., Ferguson, B. (2006) “Investment in health when health is stochastic”, Journal of Population Economics, 20: 423-444.

Laporte A., Windmeijer, F. (2005) “Estimation of Panel Data Models with Binary Treatment Indicators when Treatment Effects are not Constant over Time”, Economics Letters 88, 389-396.

Laporte, A. (2004) "Do economic cycles have a permanent impact on population health? Revisiting the Brenner hypothesis," Health Economics Vol. 13(8), 767-779.

Laporte, A. and Ferguson, B.S. (2003) “Income inequality and mortality: Time series evidence from Canada”, Health Policy, 66, 107-117.

Laporte, A. (2002) "A note on the use of a single inequality index in testing the effect of income distribution on mortality”, Social Science and Medicine, 55(9), 1561-1570.

Select Book Chapters

Laporte, A., Ferguson, B. (2020) “Models of Health and Addiction” in Oxford Encyclopedia of Health Economics, editor: Andrew M. Jones, Publisher: Oxford University Press.

Laporte, A. (2020) “The Grossman Model” in Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging, editors: Danan Gu and Matthew E. Dupre, Publisher: Springer.

Laporte, A., and McMahon, M. (2015) “Aging and Long Term Care”, Chapter 3, in Health Determinants and Outcomes, World Scientific Series in Global Health Economics and Public Policy, Volume 2, Edited by: R. Scheffler.

Laporte, A. (2014) Chapter 4: Social Capital: An Economic Perspective in The Economics of Social Capital and Health A Conceptual and Empirical Roadmap, eds. Sherman Folland and Lorenzo Rocco, World Scientific Series.

In Preparation (*student papers)

Laporte, A., Rohit-Dass, A., Ferguson, B., “Some Implications of Dynamic Mis-specification for the Arellano-Bond Estimator”.

Laporte, A., Ferguson, B. “Making the Grossman Model Stochastic: Investment in Health as a Stochastic Control Problem”.

*Proshin, A., Rohit Dass, A.,  Rochaix, L., Laporte, A. “Impact of Quality-based Procedures on orthopedic care quantity and quality in Ontario Hospitals.”

*Rohit Dass, A., Berta, W., Perrerira, T., Laporte, A. “The Effect of Labour Substitution on Wages for Health Support Workers in Ontario: An Application of Data Combination Using Generalized Empirical Likelihood.”

*McMahon, M., Wodchis, W., Flood, C., Coyte, P., Laporte, A. “An application of panel system of equation estimation: the relationship between nursing home organizational structure and the production of quality and volume of care.”

*Furzer, J., Dhuey, E., Laporte, A. “ADHD Misidentification in School: Causes and Mitigators.”

*Zagrodney, K., Deber, R., Saks, M., Laporte, A. “Factors Affecting the Wages of Personal Support Workers in Canada:  An Application of Two-stage Panel Multi-nomial Selection.”

*Bolongaita, L., Kantarevic, J., Deber, R., Baumann, A., Laporte, A. “The impact of the change in entry-level education requirement on nurses’ labour force participation.”