Instructor: Robin D. Hanson, Asst. Professor, Economics
Office Hours: I'm usually in at 10b Carow Hall. Call ahead (703-993-2326) if you want to be sure.
Econ 496, 895 Health Economics (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ECON 306 or permission of instructor. Supply, Demand, and Institutions of Health Insurance and Health Care. Production of Health.Reccomended Texts:
Sherman Folland, Allen C. Goodman, Miron Stano, Economics of Health and Health Care, Prentice Hall Business Publishing, 1997, ISBN 0-13-565987-6, Sample Price $67.
Charles E. Phelps, Health Economics, Addison Wesley Publishing, 1997, ISBN 0-673-99398-1, Sample Price $61.
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 $20.
(You can search for the lowest text price via ClickTheButton.)Goal of Class
For undergraduates: to be able to make an economically-coherent defense of one's opinions on health policy questions.Assignments:
For graduate students: to in addition write a coherent research paper in health economics.
|25 Jan||Overview of Health & Health Policy|
|1 Feb||What Makes Us Healthy?|
|8 Feb||Does Medicine Help Health?|
|15 Feb||Health Externalities|
|22 Feb||Demand for Health and Medicine|
|29 Feb||Supply of Medicine - Old|
|7 Mar||Supply of Medicine - New|
|14 Mar||Spring Break|
|21 Mar||Health Insurance|
|28 Mar||Variation in Quality of Medicine|
|4 Apr||Licensure, Certification, and Bans|
|11 Apr||Other Ways to Get Information on Quality|
|18 Apr||Medicine in Other Times and Places|
|25 Apr||Showing That You Care|
|2 May||Slack and Review|
|16 May||No Final Exam|
On the web page, this links to a page of sources, many of which have links.
Yahoo on Health Policy
WebEc on Health Econ
Health Econ Places to Go
Patchwork Health Care, by Robert KuttnerExploring a fiscal food policy (proposes tax fatty foods)
Public Health vs. The Nanny State?