Dr Paul Mitchell BCom MEconSc PhD


Research Fellow in Health Economics

Health Economics


Contact details

Health Economics Unit
School of Health and Population Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Paul Mitchell is a Research Fellow at the Health Economics Unit.

He has been involved in Health Economics Research since 2009, having originally joined the Health Economics Unit in February 2010 as a full-time PhD student.

Paul received his PhD in Health Economics in 2013. His PhD is titled “Exploring the capability approach in model-based economic evaluations”. The first publication from his school funded PhD studentship research was published in the peer reviewed journal Medical Decision Making in early 2013.

His current work as a research fellow is primarily involved with studies using the ICECAP-A questionnaire (www.birmingham.ac.uk/icecap) in the Multi Instrument Comparison (MIC) dataset.

Paul is the lead organiser and co-applicant for the MRC funded third ICECAP users’ workshop, which will be held at the University of Birmingham in early 2014. Contact Paul if you would like to hear updates on this event.


  • PhD in Health Economics, University of Birmingham, 2013
  • MEconSc (Economic Sciences) in Economic Policy Evaluation and Planning, National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway), 2009
  • BCom (Commerce) Major in Economics, Minor in Accountancy, NUI Galway, 2008


Paul completed undergraduate and taught postgraduate degrees at National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) before commencing his PhD in health economics at the University of Birmingham.

It was during his Masters in Economic Policy Evaluation and Planning where his interest in Health Economics began, completing an industry funded dissertation “A Preliminary Retrospective Cost-of-Illness Study of Dupuytren’s Disease in Ireland” in the summer of 2009.

Paul joined the Health Economics Unit in February 2010 on a school funded scholarship to explore the application of Nobel prize winning economist Amartya Sen’s capability approach in health economic evaluations. Through his PhD research, Paul has developed a distinct interest in methods for resource allocation comparison, drawing from academic fields such as multidimensional poverty, human development and capability, as well as traditional approaches in health economics in his final dissertation.

After three successful years as a PhD student at the Health Economics Unit, Paul was appointed to the role of Research Fellow in February 2013. As well as developing research themes from his Doctoral research, Paul will also undertake a number of research projects with the Multi Instrument Comparison (MIC) dataset. MIC is the largest dataset available of its kind, with questionnaires on health, capability and subjective well-being collected simultaneously from seven patient groups (arthritis, asthma, cancer, depression, diabetes, hearing loss and heart disease) across six countries (Australia, Canada, Germany, UK and USA).

Paul has a burning desire to make the general public and relevant decision-makers more aware of research that has for too long been left to gather dust on academic shelves. He has presented his research at national and international conferences (both to health economics and non-health economics focused audiences). He also likes to share innovative research within Health Economics and related disciplines through social media, such as Twitter.


Postgraduate supervision

Paul is currently supervising three MSc Health Economics and Health Policy dissertation students


Comparison of health, capability and subjective well-being instruments; Capability objectives; Multidimensional poverty methods in health; Mapping between questionnaires

Other activities

  • Member of the Health Economists Study Group (HESG)
  • Member of the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA)


Mitchell PM, Roberts TE, Barton PM, Pollard BS, Coast J (2013) Predicting the ICECAP-O Capability Index from the WOMAC Osteoarthritis Index: Is Mapping onto Capability from Condition-Specific Health Status Questionnaires Feasible? Medical Decision Making, 33: 547-557

Al-Janabi H, Keeley T, Mitchell P, Coast J (2013) Can capabilities be self-reported? Social Science and Medicine, 87: 116-122

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