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Nazmi Sari Ph.D., 2001 (Boston University) Professor

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Research Area(s)

  • Health Economics
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Economics of sports and exercise
  • Economics of health behavior
  • Economic evaluation of healthcare services
  • Health services research
  • Industrial Organization

About me

Dr. Sari earned B.Sc. in economics at the Middle East Technical University, Turkey, MA in economics at Northeastern University, and PhD in economics at Boston University. Currently he is a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Saskatchewan. Before joining the University of Saskatchewan in 2004, he was an assistant professor at the School of Policy and Management, Florida International University. In addition to his appointment at the University, he is a faculty associate at the Canadian Center for Health Economics, University of Toronto, and an adjunct scientist at Saskatchewan Health Quality Council.

Dr. Sari is health economist with research interests covering a wide range of topics in health economics and economic evaluation. His research programs have focused on economics of sports and exercise; quality and efficiency issues in hospital markets; provider reimbursements and healthcare financing reforms; economics of smoking; and economic evaluation of specific health/healthcare interventions and programs. His research has been published in economics, health economics, health policy and health sciences journals, and has been supported by several funding agencies including the Canadian Institute of Health Research, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, and the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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Sari, N., Time inconsistent preferences in intertemporal choices for physical activity & weight loss: Evidence from Canadian health surveys. In M. Altman (Eds) Handbook of Behavioral Economics and Smart Decision-Making: Rational Decision-Making within the Bounds of Reason, Northampton MA: Edward Elgar Publishing (in press)

Sari, N., and Osman, M. 2015. The effects of patient education programs on medication use among asthma and COPD patients: a propensity score matching with a difference-in-difference regression approach. BMC Health Services Research 15(1): Article 332, 9 pages (online appendix: 28 pages).

Lechner M., and N. Sari. 2015. Labor market effects of sports and exercise: Evidence from Canadian panel data. Labor Economics 35: 1-15 (online appendix: 14 pages)

Fisher K., E. Harrison, B. Reeder, N. Sari and KE. Chad. 2015. Is self-reported physical activity participation associated with lower health services utilization among older adults? Cross-sectional evidence from the Canadian Community Health Survey. Journal of Aging Research 501. Article ID 425354, 14 pages http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/425354

Sari, N., 2015. Contingent Valuation. In M. Altman (Eds) Real World Decision Making: An Encyclopedia of Behavioral Economics, Santa Barbara: Praeger (ABC-CLIO) Publisher

Lawal  AK, T. Rotter, L. Kinsman, N. Sari, L. Harrison, C. Jeffery, M. Kutz, MF Khan, R. Flynn. 2014. Lean management in health care: definition, concepts, methodology and effects reported (systematic review protocol)Systematic Reviews 19(3): Article 103. doi: 10.1186/2046-4053-3-103

Kinsman L., T. Rotter, K. Stevenson, B. Bath, D. Goodridge, L. Harrison, R. Dobson, N. Sari, C. Jeffery, C. Bourassa, G. Westhorp. 2014. The largest Lean transformation in the world: the implementation and evaluation of Lean in Saskatchewan. Health Care Quarterly 17(2):29-32

Sari, N. (Eds) 2014. Smoking Restrictions, Risk Perceptions and Its Health and Environmental Impacts. Hauppauge NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Altinanahtar, A., N. Sari. 2014.  Anti-smoking policies and their effects on smoking prevalence and behavior: Lessons from OECD countries. In: N. Sari (Eds) Smoking Restrictions, Risk Perceptions and Its Health and Environmental Impacts, Hauppauge NY: Nova Science Publishers, pp. 3-21

Sari, N., 2014. Sports, exercise and length of stay in hospitals: Is there a differential effect for chronically ill people? Contemporary Economic Policy 32(2):247-260 doi:10.1111/coep.12028

Sari, N., 2013. On anti-smoking regulations and tobacco consumption. Journal of Socio-Economics 43:60-67

Altinanahtar, A., N. Sari. 2012. Determinants of Suicidal Ideation and Behavior, Economic Theories of Suicidal Behavior and the Economics of Prevention. In: J.E. Lavigne (Eds) Frontiers in Suicide Risk: Research, Treatment and Prevention, Hauppauge NY: Nova Science Publishers, pp.221-238

Sari, N., 2011. Exercise, physical activity and healthcare utilization: A review of literature for older adults. Maturitas 70(3): 285-289.

Sari, N., 2011. Does physical exercise affect demand for hospital services? Evidence from Canadian panel data. In: PR. Guerrero, S. Kesenne, and BR. Humphreys (Eds) The Economics of Sport, Health and Happiness: The Promotion of Well-being through Sporting Activities, Northampton: Edward Elgar, pp. 81-100.

Sari N. 2010. A short walk a day shortens the hospital stay: Physical activity and the demand for hospital services for older adults. Canadian Journal of Public Health 101(5): 385-389

Sari N. 2009. Physical inactivity and its impact on healthcare utilization. Health Economics 18(8): 885-901.

Johnson S,  Abonyi S, Jeffery B, Hackett P, Hampton M, McIntosh T, Martz D, Muhajarine N, Petrucka P, Sari N. 2008. Recommendations for action on the social determinants of health: a Canadian perspective. Lancet 372: 1690-1693.

Sari N. 2008. Competition and market concentration. Advances in Health Economics and Health Services Research (Vol. 18: pp. 139-156), Amsterdam: Elsevier Publisher.

Sari N, De Castro S, Newman F, Mills G. 2008. Should we invest in suicide prevention programs? Journal of Socio-Economics 37(1): 262-275.

Sari N. 2007. Reflections of DRG based reimbursement systems on healthcare reforms, In C.C. Aktan and U. Saran (Eds), Health Economics and Health Management, Ankara: Saglikta Umut Vakfi Yayinlari, pp. 361-379. (in Turkish)

Sari N. 2007. A discussion on alternative reimbursement schemes and healthcare utilization in Turkey. Iktisat, Isletme ve Finans (Journal of Economy, Business and Finance) April 2007: 5-17. (in Turkish)

De Castro S, Newman F, Mills G, Sari N. 2004. Economic evaluation of suicide prevention programs for young adults in Florida. The Business Review, Cambridge 3(1): 14-20.

Sari N. 2004. Consumer spending for pharmaceuticals and its implications for healthcare financing. Eastern European Economics 42 (1): 43-55.

Sari N. 2003. Efficiency outcomes of market concentration and managed care. International Journal of Industrial Organization 21(10): 1571-1589.

Sari N. 2002. Do competition and managed care improve quality? Health Economics 11(7): 571-584.

Sari N, Langenbrunner JC. 2001. Consumer out-of-pocket spending for pharmaceuticals in Kazakhstan: Implications for sectoral reform. Health Policy and Planning 16(4): 428-434.

Sari N, Langenbrunner JC, Lewis M. 2000. Affording out-of-pocket payments for health services: Evidence from Kazakhstan. EuroHealth 6 (Spring Special Issue): 37-39.

Teaching & Supervision

econometrics economic evaluation health economics microeconomics

Dr. Sari has been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in health economics, microeconomics, econometrics and quantitative methods. He has supervised more than 25 graduate students in economics, kinesiology, and bio-medical engineering. Dr. Sari also served in PhD and Masters examination committees as an external examiner. He has been teaching following courses at the University of Saskatchewan:

- Econ 834: Health Economics

- Econ 898: Topics in Health Economics

- Econ 809: Econometrics II

- Econ 898/833: Economic Evaluation Methods in Health Services Research

- Econ 498/433: Economic Evaluation Methods in Health Policy

- Econ 211: Intermediate Microeconomics

- Econ 234: Economics of Healthcare


anti-smoking policies cost benefit analysis cost effectiveness econometrics economic evaluation health health economics quality of healthcare quantitative methods sports & exercise

Education & Training

Ph.D., Economics, Boston University, Boston, MA, U.S.A, August 2001

M.A., Economics, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, U.S.A, June 1996

B.Sc. (Honors), Economics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, June 1992