Instructor: Robin D. Hanson, Associate Professor, Economics
Office Hours: Officially Thursday 4:30-6:30pm, 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, 4th Edition, Prentice Hall Business Publishing, 2007, ISBN: 0-13-100067-5, 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 19,21||Overview of Health Economics.|
|Jan 26,28||What Makes Us Healthy?|
|Feb 2,4||More What Makes Us Healthy?|
|Feb 16,18||Does Medicine Help Health?|
|Feb 23,25||Health Externalities|
|Mar 2,4||Medicine in Other Times and Places|
|Mar 9,11||Spring Break|
|Mar 16,18||no class this week|
|Mar 23,25||Demand for Health and Medicine|
|Mar 30,Apr 1||Supply of Medicine|
|Apr 6,8||Health Insurance|
|Apr 13,15||Variation in Quality of Medicine|
|Apr 20,22||Licensure, Certification, and Bans|
|Apr 27,29||Other Ways to Get Information on Quality|
|May 4||Explaining Health Strangeness|
|May 10||Final Exam|
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