Instructor: Robin D. Hanson, Associate Professor, Economics
Office Hours: Officially Mon 6:00-7:00pm, Th 3:00-4:00pm, 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, 4=5th Edition, Prentice Hall Business Publishing, 2007, ISBN: 9780132279420, Sample Price $120.
Charles E. Phelps, Health Economics, Addison Wesley Publishing, 2003, ISBN: 0-321-06898-X, Sample Price $110.
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 (not term) paper related to health economics.
|Jan 25||Overview of Health Economics. What Makes Us Healthy?|
|Feb 1||More What Makes Us Healthy?|
|Feb 8||Does Medicine Help Health?|
|Feb 15||More Does Medicine Help Health?|
|Feb 22||Medicine in Other Times and Places|
|Mar 1||Health Externalities|
|Mar 8||Demand for Health and Medicine|
|Mar 15||Spring Break|
|Mar 22||Supply of Medicine|
|Mar 29||Health Insurance|
|Apr 5||Variation in Quality of Medicine|
|Apr 12||Licensure, Certification, and Bans|
|Apr 19||Other Ways to Get Information on Quality|
|Apr 26||Explaining Health Strangeness|
|May 3||More Explaining Health Strangeness|
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