Luke Connelly is Professor of Health Economics at the UQ Centre for the Business and Economics of Health and Affiliate Professor with the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health. Luke has also held a part-time position as Professor in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics at The University of Bologna since 2017.
Luke has a BA(Econ), MEconSt and PhD in Economics from The University of Queensland. Luke's main interests are in health economics and insurance economics and the effects of institutions (including legal constructs) on incentives and behaviour. Luke has also worked in other fields of applied microeconomics, including education economics and transport economics. Luke's publications include papers in Review of Income and WealthHealth EconomicsJournal of Health Economics, Journal of Risk and InsuranceGeneva Papers on Risk and InsuranceAccident Analysis and PreventionJournal of Law and MedicineJournal of Clinical EpidemiologyEuropean Journal of Health EconomicsInternational Journal of Health Economics and FinanceSocial Science and MedicineEconomic PapersEconomic Analysis and PolicyJournal of Transport Economics and PolicyLabour EconomicsEconomics and Human Biology as well as in a range of clinical journals, including Lancet.
Luke serves as a member of the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC), which advises the Australian Minister for Health on the safety, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of new and extant listings on Australia's Medicare Benefits Schedule. Luke has extensive service on other public committees and taskforces as well as extensive teaching and consulting engagements with industry. Over the past 10 years, Luke has been a chief investigator on research grants and contracts totalling more than $32m.
Luke's current research interests include health service innovations to improve the health of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, particularly that of people who discharge from hospital against medical advice. Ongoing interests include the economics of disability and insurance, compensable injury compensation schemes, and the determinants of health. Luke enjoys and has considerable experience teaching economics and health economics at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. In 2014 Luke was awarded the School of Economics Distinguished Teaching Award for his teaching on UQ's Master of Health Economics Program. In July 2016 Luke taught a summer school entitled Recent Advances in Health Economics at The University of Lucerne, Switzerland.