Erika Laranjeira is an Economist with a specialization in Health Economics. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Universidade Lusíada Norte, responsible for the Curricular Units of Microeconomics (BSc. and Master), Macroeconomics, Public Finance, International Economics, and Industrial Organization (Master). She is also the Coordinator of the undergraduate and master’s degree in Economics. Prof. Laranjeira’s research combines economics and health in interesting ways. She has (1) studied the roles and limitations of information and communications technology in health, such as privacy issues of eHealth and the applications of telemedicine, (2) designed a new health indicator that is more sensitive than life expectancy at birth but that uses data widely available, greatly easing data burden in cross-country health outcomes research, (3) applied multiple imputation as a method to build a comprehensive health technology panel data set, which, in contrast to non-imputed data, could much better explain the role of technology in healthcare cost inflation, and (4) used just one question: “For me happiness is…” to dig deeper into the meanings of happiness and to study in what form certain variables like gender, literacy, etc., influence the concept of happiness. Prof. Laranjeira completed her PhD in Economics in June 2014 from Faculdade de Economia da Universidade do Porto (FEP) with funding from FCT grant. Prior to her PhD studies, she worked at the Portuguese Ministry of Finance, where she participated in the implementation of an integrated system for the evaluation of the Public Administration’s performance. She has also worked as a health economist at a health care research and consulting organization, where she analyzed and published numerous reports on the burden and cost of diseases, economic evaluation of drugs, and budgetary impact models.

Personal identification

Full name
Erika Laranjeira

Citation names

  • Laranjeira, Erika

Author identifiers

Ciência ID

Knowledge fields

  • Social Sciences - Economics and Business - Economics


Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
Portuguese (Mother tongue)
Italian (Mother tongue)
English Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
Degree Classification
2009/09/01 - 2014/06/06
Economia (Doutoramento)
Major in Health Economics
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Economia, Portugal
"A contemporaneous overview on Health Economics." (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
Approved with distinction
2003/09/01 - 2007/07/01
Economia (Licenciatura)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Economia, Portugal

Teaching in Higher Education

Host institution
2014 - Current Assistant Professor (University Teacher) Universidade Lusíada Porto, Portugal
2014 - 2015 Adjunct Teacher (Polytechnic Teacher) Instituto Superior de Paços de Brandão, Portugal

Positions / Appointments

Host institution
2015 - Current Coordinator of the undergraduate and master's degree in economics Universidade Lusíada Porto, Portugal
2013/09/01 - 2014/08/31 Economist Evigrade, Health Care Research and Consulting, Lda., Portugal
2008/01/02 - 2009/08/31 Economist Ministro das Finanças, Portugal


  1. Borges, A.P.; Laranjeira, E.. Why and how did health economics appear? Who were the main authors? What is the role of ITCs in its development?. 2013.
Book chapter
  1. Laranjeira, Erika; Borges, Ana Pinto. "Why and How Did Health Economics Appear? Who Were the Main Authors? What is the Role of ITCs in its Development?". In Economics, 1382-1398. IGI Global, 2013.
Conference abstract
  1. Elizabeth Real de Oliveira; Laranjeira, Erika; Cristina Cunha; Pedro Rodrigues. "Employer Brand Love: The Key for Attracting and Retaining Talent: An Abstract.". Paper presented in The 2018 Academy of Marketing Science World Marketing Congress, Porto, 2019.
    Published • 10.1007/978-3-030-02568-7_210
  2. Laranjeira, Erika; Real de Oliveira, Elizabeth; Cunha, Cristina. "Employer Branding and Engagement: A Relationship Mediated by Knowledge Management?". Paper presented in 25th EBES Conference, Berlin, 2018.
  3. Ana Pinto Borges; Laranjeira, Erika; Helena Szrek. "A new population’s health status indicator". Paper presented in XXXIV Jornadas de Economía de la Salud, Pamplona, 2014.
  4. Ana Pinto Borges; Cláudia Cardoso; Laranjeira, Erika. "Privacy and security aspects in e-Health at home under the implementation of Directive 2011/24/EU". Paper presented in International Conference on Technologies and Law, Porto, 2013.
  5. Ana Pinto Borges; Laranjeira, Erika. "The main determinants of the health status of the population". Paper presented in XXXIII Jornadas de Economía de la Salud, Santander, 2013.
  6. Ana Pinto Borges; Laranjeira, Erika. "Innovation in healthcare: Is it sustainable?". Paper presented in 1st International Conference on Innovation for Sustainability, Porto, 2012.
Conference poster
  1. Laranjeira, Erika; Borges, Margarida; Gouveia, Miguel; Alarcão, Joana; Sousa, Rita. "Non-small cell lung cancer's burden of disease in Portugal". Paper presented in 2014 ESMO Congress, 2014.
Journal article
  1. Susana Silva; Erika Laranjeira; Isabel Soares. "Health Benefits from Renewable Electricity Sources: A Review". Energies 14 20 (2021): 6678-6678. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14206678.
  2. Laranjeira, Erika; Szrek, Helena. "Technological innovation as a driver of healthcare expenditure: measuring technology directly". Journal of Applied Economic Sciences XIV 2(64) (2019): 303-318.
  3. Ribeiro, Diamantino José Teixeira; Laranjeira, Erika; Remondes, Jorge. "Creation of the 'Happiness 360º' Model: Qualitative Analysis from Survey Responses". Fronteiras: Journal of Social, Technological and Environmental Science 8 1 (2019): 93-112. http://dx.doi.org/10.21664/2238-8869.2019v8i1.p93-112.
  4. Laranjeira, Erika; Szrek, Helena. "Going beyond life expectancy in assessments of health systems’ performance: life expectancy adjusted by perceived health status". International Journal of Health Economics and Management 16 2 (2016): 133-161. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10754-015-9183-z.
    Published • 10.1007/s10754-015-9183-z
  5. Borges, M.; Gouveia, M.; Alarcão, J.; Sousa, R.; Teixeira, E.; Barata, F.; Laranjeira, E.; et al. "Cost and Burden of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer's in Portugal". Value in Health 17 7 (2014): A626. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jval.2014.08.2228.
  6. Borges, M.F.; Gouveia, M.; Alarcão, J.; Sousa, R.; Barata, F.; Laranjeira, E.; Lopes, F.; et al. "1047PNON-SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER'S BURDEN OF DISEASE IN PORTUGAL". Annals of Oncology 25 suppl_4 (2014): iv360-iv360. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/annonc/mdu341.11.
  7. Laranjeira, Erika; Ana Pinto Borges. "An Essay about the Misperception of Public Goods' Costs and Benefits". Lusophone Management and Administration Review 1 1 (2013): 16-26.
Thesis / Dissertation
  1. Erika Ferreira Laranjeira. "A contemporaneous overview on Health Economics". PhD, 2014. https://repositorio-aberto.up.pt/handle/10216/75670.

Oral presentation

Presentation title Event name
Host (Event location)
2022/06/03 Consumer’s behavior determinants after the electricity market liberalization: the Portuguese case 5th International Conference on Energy and Environment: bringing together Economics and Engineering
FEP (Porto, Portugal)
2021/01/20 Renewable energy sources and health impacts quantification: a survey APEEN 2021 – Energy transition and sustainability
2013/10 A new look on technological innovation in healthcare expenditures. 13th National Conference of Health Economics (CNES)
Universidade do Minho (Braga, Portugal)
2012/11 The main determinants of the health status of the populations. XVII National Conference of the Italian Health Economics Association – “Reforming Healthcare? Impact and Perspectives for Organizations and Institutions
(Rome, Italy)
2012/09 The impact of innovation on Healthcare costs: A multiple imputation approach. 2nd Portuguese Stata Users Group Meeting
(Lisboa, Portugal)


Thesis Title
Degree Subject (Type)
Institution / Organization
2018 - 2019 Os principais beneficiários da política monetária da União Europeia : Estudo de caso sobre evolução da União Económica e Monetária entre 2000 e 2017
Universidade Lusíada Porto, Portugal
2018 - 2019 Economia e felicidade : o índice de Felicidade Interna Bruta em contexto microeconómico : o modelo "Felicidade 360°"
Universidade Lusíada Porto, Portugal
2015 - 2017 Avaliação económica do modelo de contratação dos cuidados respiratórios domiciliários
Master (Master)
Universidade Lusíada Porto, Portugal