Instructor: Robin D. Hanson, Associate Professor, Economics
Office Hours: Officially M,Th 6:00-7:00. But I'm usually in at 10A Carow Hall. Call ahead (703-993-2326) if you want to be sure.
Econ 496, 895 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.Reccomended Texts: (None are required.)
Sherman Folland, Allen C. Goodman, Miron Stano, Economics of Health and Health Care, 4th Edition, Prentice Hall Business Publishing, 2004, ISBN: 0-13-100067-5, Sample Price $122.
Charles E. Phelps, Health Economics, Addison Wesley Publishing, 2003, ISBN: 0-321-06898-X, Sample Price $118.
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.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:
For graduate students: To in addition write a coherent research paper related to health economics.
|Jan 26||Overview of Health Economics. What Makes Us Healthy?|
|Feb 2||No classes|
|Feb 9||More What Makes Us Healthy?|
|Feb 16||Does Medicine Help Health?|
|Feb 23||More Does Medicine Help Health?|
|Mar 2||Medicine in Other Times and Places|
|Mar 9||Health Externalities|
|Mar 16||Spring Break|
|Mar 23||Demand for Health and Medicine|
|Mar 30||Supply of Medicine|
|Apr 6||Health Insurance|
|Apr 13||Variation in Quality of Medicine|
|Apr 20||Licensure, Certification, and Bans|
|Apr 27||Other Ways to Get Information on Quality|
|May 4||Explaining Health Strangeness|
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