Anthony (Tony) Culyer

CBE, BA, Hon DEcon, Hon FRCP, FRSA, FMedSci


health economics, medical decision-making, deliberative processes, technology assessment, use of cost-effectiveness thresholds, equity and equality, need, health services financing, health care systems, health policy and law, health services organization and management, health services outcomes and evaluation, knowledge transfer and exchange, research capacity-building.


Dr. Culyer was the founding Organizer of the world’s oldest association of health economists (HESG in the United Kingdom), founding co-editor of the Journal of Health Economics, Chief Scientist at the Institute for Work and Health, chair of the WSIB’s Research Advisory Council and a member of the Board of CADTH. In the UK he was for many years Head of the Department of Economics & Related Studies and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of York, the founding Vice-Chair of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, and Chair of the Office of Health Economics. He currently chairs the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence’s NICE International Advisory Group.

Current research

  • Inconsistencies in economic evaluations
  • Comparative health systems – US and Canada
  • Social value judgments and economic appraisals
  • Decision making processes and economic evaluation



Additional Recent Publications

The Humble Economist: Tony Culyer on Health, Health Care and Social Decision Making, (Eds. R Cookson and K Claxton), London and York: Office of Health Economics and University of York, 2012.

With M R Rawlins, Evidence and quality, practicalities and judgements: some experience from NICE, Healthcare Quarterly, 2013, 15: 66-69.

With Chalkidou, K. and 20 others, Technology assessment in universal health coverage, The Lancet, 2013, 382: e48 - e49.

Are there really ten good arguments for a societal perspective in the economic evaluations of medical innovations?” in A J Culyer and G Kobelt (eds.) Portrait of a Health Economist: Festschrift in Honour of Bengt Jönsson, Lund: Institute of Health Economics, 2014.

Four issues with cost-effectiveness analysis: a view from the side-lines. In Health Technology Assessment and Health Policy Today: A Multifaceted View of Their Unstable Crossroads, Madrid: Springer, 1-18.

The Dictionary of Health Economics, 3rd edition, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2014.

(editor-in-chief), The Encyclopedia of Health Economics, Elsevier, 2014 (3 Vols).

With G Kobelt (eds.) Portrait of a Health Economist: Festschrift in Honour of Bengt Jönsson, Lund: Institute of Health Economics, 2014.