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Economics 496 & 895, meets TT, 3:00-4:15pm, during
Spring 2004, in
room Enterprise 173.
Spring 2004 GMU Syllabus
Instructor: Robin D. Hanson, Asst. Professor, Economics
Office Hours: Officially TT 10:30-12:00am. But 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). Prerequisites: ECON 103.
Determinants of Health. Supply, Demand, and Institutions of Health Insurance and Care. Evaluation of Market Failure Rationales for Regulation.
Reccomended Texts: (None are required.)
Sherman Folland, Allen C. Goodman, Miron Stano,
Economics of Health and Health Care, 4/e, Prentice Hall Business Publishing, 2004, ISBN 0-13-100067-5, Sample Price $80.
Charles E. Phelps,
Health Economics, Addison Wesley Publishing, 1997, ISBN 0-673-99398-1, Sample Price $104.
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 $28.
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.
For graduate students: To in addition write a coherent research paper in health economics.
Defended Opinion Topics
- Class Participation Please contribute to class discussions.
- Quizes Three In-Class Quizes will given. Quizes and the final are open book, open notes.
- Defended Opinions Three times you will turn in a written
defense of your opinions on a health policy question. See a list of things to keep in mind when writing your defended opinions.
- Research Paper Those who take this class as Econ 895, a graduate class, are required to write a research paper on a health economics topic of their choosing.
- Should we subsidize alcohol, instead of taxing it? <! Should the U.S. replace medicine subsidies with exercize subsidies? What Should Be Done About Rising Health Care Costs? >
- Should doctors, or other health professionals, be able to prescribe placebos? <! Should the U.S. extend the tax ememption now given for employer provided health insurance to health insurance purchased by individuals? >
- You may choose the last topic. Here are some health policy questions you might consider.
Grade Weights: (depend on which class you enroll in)
- Quizes: 10Feb,4Mar,6Apr
- Defended Opinions: 2Mar,8Apr,29Apr
- Research Paper: 11May
- Final: 1:30 - 4:15pm, May 11.
- 496: Class Participate 5%, 13% per Quiz, 13% per Defended Opinions, 17% final.
- 895: 1/2 of grade above items, 1/2 research paper.
|Week||Lecture Topic |
|20 Jan || Overview of Health Economics. What Makes Us Healthy?|
|27 Jan|| More What Makes Us Healthy?|
|3 Feb|| Does Medicine Help Health? |
<! quiz tuesday, I'm gone>
|10 Feb|| More Does Medicine Help Health?|
|17 Feb || Medicine in Other Times and Places |
|24 Feb || Health Externalities |
<! paper tues, quiz thurs>
|2 Mar || Demand for Health and Medicine |
<! gone at PC meeting Thursday >
|9 Mar || Spring Break |
|16 Mar || Supply of Medicine - Old |
|23 Mar || Supply of Medicine - New |
<! on April fools day>
|30 Mar || Health Insurance |
<! quiz Tuesday, paper thurs>
|6 Apr || Variation in Quality of Medicine |
|13 Apr || Licensure, Certification, and Bans |
<! Earth day on Thursday >
|20 Apr || Other Ways to Get Information on Quality |
|27 Apr || Showing That You Care|
Lecture Readings and Sources
On the web
page, this links to a page of sources, most of which have links.
Misc Health Links
NBER papers on health,
Yahoo on Health Policy,
WebEc on Health Econ,