IRFD Grants to Department Members

The Department of Economics and Business Economics is well represented among the recipients of grants from the Independent Research Fund Denmark in this round. In addition to the grant recipients mentioned earlier this month, the following have received grants for their projects:

2018.12.05 | Birgitte Højklint Nielsen

Maria Humlum has received DKK 5,887,238 from the Independent Research Fund Denmark for her project entitled “The Economic and Behavioral Effects of the National HPV Vaccination Program in Denmark: Health Investments, Risky Behavior and Social Interactions of Youths and Their Families.” Niels Skipper is also part of the project.

This project aims to generate important knowledge about the effects of the HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccination programme and how large-scale public health investments can affect both economic and behavioural outcomes. The Danish context is particularly interesting since the vaccine was initially in very high demand, while vaccination rates later plummeted as a result of criticism of the vaccine. Hesitant vaccine attitudes pose a considerable challenge to public health policy, and understanding the underlying mechanisms and implications is important for policymakers. The project will use state-of-the-art microeconometric techniques to provide evidence on various aspects of the HPV vaccination programme, including the estimation of causal effects and investigation of underlying mechanisms. The focus is not only on individual-level effects, but also potential effects at the family or network level.

Peter Jensen is part of a project led by Mette Skovgaard Væver from University of Copenhagen entitled “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Pedagogues Promoting Positive Parenting in a Home-visiting Program in At-risk Families.” The project has received DKK 5,903,070 in total from the Independent Research Fund Denmark.

The project looks at supportive parenting, which is a strong predictor of good outcomes for children. In Denmark 20 % of families are at risk of inadequate parenting resources, i.e. parents are key targets for change in preventive programmes with children at risk. Attachment-based programmes enhancing parental sensitivity show promising results. This efficacy study examines the Video-feedback Intervention to Promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline (VIPP-SD) delivered by 40 VIPP-SD trained pedagogues at home-visits to 206 families with a child (1-6 years) identified to be at risk. Pedagogues are supervised by 4 VIPP PPR psychologist, thus promoting the crossdisciplinary collaboration. The results will point to future identification of families that may (and may not) profit from a pedagogue delivered VIPP-SD intervention, as well as to revise the intervention in order to maximizing its effect, i.e. point to changes to tailor intervention to the particular needs of different families in a Danish context.

Read more at the Independent Research Fund Denmark's website