Instructor: Robin D. Hanson, Associate Professor, Economics
Office Hours: Officially Thursday 3:00-4:15p, but I'm usually in at 10A Carow Hall. Email or call ahead (703-993-2326) if you want to be sure.
Econ 496 Health Economics (3:3:0). Prerequisites: ECON 306. Determinants of Health. Supply, Demand, and Institutions of Health Insurance and Care. Evaluation of Market Failure Rationales for Regulation.Required Texts:
Shannon Brownlee, Overtreated, Bloomsbury, 2007, ISBN: 1-58234-580-5. Sample price: $19.Reccomended Texts:
Joseph P. Newhouse And The Insurance Experiment Group, Free For All? Lessons from the RAND Health Insurance Experiment, Harvard University Press, 1993, ISBN: 0-674-31914-1, Sample Price $27.
Sherman Folland, Allen C. Goodman, Miron Stano, Economics of Health and Health Care, 6th Edition, Prentice Hall Business Publishing, 2010, ISBN: 9780136080305, Sample Price $158.
Charles E. Phelps, Health Economics, Addison Wesley Publishing, 2003, ISBN: 0-321-06898-X, Sample Price $145.Goal of Class
For undergraduates: To become familiar with basic facts and issues in health economics, and to be able to make an economically-coherent defense of one's opinions on health policy questions.Assignments:
|Aug 30||Overview of Health Economics|
|Sep 6||What Makes Us Healthy?|
|Sep 13||Does Medicine Help Health?|
|Sep 20||Health Externalities, Quiz|
|Sep 27||More Health Externalities|
|Oct 4||Medicine in Other Times and Places|
|Oct 11||no class|
|Oct 18||Demand for Health and Medicine|
|Oct 25||Supply of Medicine, Quiz|
|Nov 1||Health Insurance|
|Nov 8||Variation in Quality of Medicine|
|Nov 15||Licensure, Certification, and Bans, Quiz|
|Nov 22||Thanksgiving Holiday|
|Nov 29||More On Quality, Explaining Health Strangeness|
|Dec 13||Final Exam|
On the web, this links to a page of sources, most of which have links.