Health economics: identifying leading producers, countries relative specialization and themes

  • Jose A. Moral-Munoz Universidad de Cádiz
  • Carmen M. Moral-Munoz Universidad de Sevilla
  • Ana I. Pacheco-Serrano Universidad de Cádiz
  • David Lucena-Anton Universidad de Cádiz
  • Antonio Santisteban-Espejo Hospital Universitario Puerta del Mar
Palabras clave: Economía de la salud, Bibliometría, Cienciometría


Health economics research area was a high evolution from the 1960s and it is constantly growing. Currently, the health expenditure is a key issue worldwide. Bibliometrics provides several methods to explore the impact and evolution of the research. Thus, the main aim of the present study is to understand the current status of the research in health economics for the period 2010-2019. Three different aspects were analyzed: countries production, relative priority index and main themes. The dataset was obtained from the documents indexed in the Web of Science database from 2010 to 2019. SciMAT software was used to obtain the thematic analysis by means of science mapping analysis. The journals Health economics, Value in Health, Journal of Health Economics, and European Journal of Health Economics are the main producers. USA, England and Germany are those with highest production; Netherlands, England and Australia are those with the highest relative priority index. Quality adjusted life years and Health inequality are the themes with the highest number of documents and impact measures. This study is a useful evidence-based framework on which to base future research actions.


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Moral-Munoz, J. A., Moral-Munoz, C. M., Pacheco-Serrano, A. I., Lucena-Anton, D., & Santisteban-Espejo, A. (2020). Health economics: identifying leading producers, countries relative specialization and themes. Revista De Estudios Empresariales. Segunda Época, (1), 7-19.