Instructor: Robin D. Hanson, Associate Professor, Economics
Office Hours: Officially Tuesday, Thursday 4:30-5:30p, Wednesday 6-7p, 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:
|Jan 25,27||Overview of Health Economics Snow Thurs|
|Feb 1,3||What Makes Us Healthy?|
|Feb 8,10||Does Medicine Help Health?|
|Feb 15,17||No class Tues, Quiz Thurs|
|Feb 22,24||Health Externalities|
|Mar 1,3||Medicine in Other Times and Places|
|Mar 8,10||Demand for Health and Medicine|
|Mar 15,17||Spring Break|
|Mar 22,24||Supply of Medicine|
|Mar 29,31||Health Insurance|
|Apr 5,7||Variation in Quality of Medicine|
|Apr 12,14||Licensure, Certification, and Bans|
|Apr 19,21||Other Ways to Get Information on Quality|
|Apr 26,28||Explaining Health Strangeness|
|May 3,5||No class this week.|
|May 10,12||Summary No class Thursday|
|May 17||Final Exam|
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