EconS 593

Seminar in Health Economics

 Dr. Rosenman,

We will meet Mondays and Wednesdays 10:35-11:50 in Clark 147

I am available on a drop-in basis.  You know where to find me, and I am available most days between 10 and 4.

DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES:  This seminar is on some current issues in Health Economics.  I will not be doing a survey class.  Instead we will be studying the literature in two focused areas:

    1.  The economic analysis of diseases.
    2.  The role of health and healthcare in economic development.

Specific learning goals include:

  1. Acquire a comprehensive understanding of how economic analysis can be used to understand the direct and indirect costs and social impacts of specific diseases.
  2. Understand how social and private investment in health relates to economic development.
  3. Practice presentation skills by presenting papers in class.
  4. Practice critical thinking and analytical skills by critiquing papers.
  5. Understand how to critically read a professional scholarly paper in economics.

READINGSThe textbook, Health Economics, 3rd edition by Charles Phelps is available in the Bookie for those of you with no background in health economics.  It is an undergraduate level textbook.  It is optional, and deals only peripherally with the topics in the course.  Primary course materials consist of recent articles from scholarly journals and books.  We will read most of  Health Economics and Economic Growth: Findings and Policy Implications which is a collection of recent papers.  It is available at the Bookie.

CLASS STRUCTURE:  Each week we will determine what article or articles will be discussed the following week.  One member of the class will have primary responsibility for presenting the article to the class.  To ensure that you all read the articles carefully I will randomly choose the person to present at the beginning of class.

GRADING AND EVALUATION:  You will be evaluated on the following basis:

    1.  Your presentations of articles.
    2.  Your participation in class for articles you are not presenting.
    3.  Three critical reviews of articles not discussed in class.  These may be articles on the list below that we don't do in class, or articles you find on your own, with my approval.  No more than 1 article review can be turned in in any three week period.
    4.  A paper identifying a significant research question with a short literature review and a discussion of the proper analytical approach.

Topic Title Readings and Assignments
Intro Intro to the Economic Analysis of Diseases A preface to the economic analysis of disease transmission
Economic evaluation of parasitic diseases: A critique of the internal and external validity of published studies
1 Health and Diseases:  Some Basic Concepts
The Economical Control of Infectious Diseases
The welfare loss of disease and the theory of taxation
Rational Epidemics and their public control
Vaccination and the theory of games
Economics of Antibiotic Resistance: A Theory of Optimal Use
The Subjective Costs of Health Losses due to Chronic Diseases: An Alternative Model Appraisal
2 Economics of Disease Interventions
Economic epidemiology and infectious diseases
A theoretical and empirical investigation of the effects of public health subsidies for STD testing
Life expectancy and the value of early detection
Optimal health insurance: the case of observable, severe illness
Stochastic Frontier Estimation of Cost Models within the Hospital
3 Empirical Applications
The direct medical cost of diabetes in Israel
Variant CreutzfeldtJakob disease: costs borne by families
The Impact of Including Future Medical Care Costs when Estimating the Costs Attributable to a Disease
Modeling the economic burden of diseases imputable to stress at work
Appraising the Economic Efficiency of Cancer Treatment


AIDS and HIV Do Public Health Policies Reduce the Spread of Infectious Diseases or Merely Induce Substitution?
The Economic Cost of AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa:  A Reassessment (book ch12)
5 Background on Health and Growth
Health, Nutrition, and Economic Development
Health and Development What Can Research Contribute?
The Great Escape: A Review of Robert Fogels The Escape from Hunger and Premature Death, 17002100
Introduction: The Role Health Plays in Econ Growth (book Introduction)
6 Epidemiological Considerations
Economic Growth, Health and Longevity in the Very Long Term:  Facts and Mechanisms (book ch9)
On Epidemiological and Economic Transitions (book ch8)
7 Health and Economic Growth: Theory
Health, Human Capital and Economic Growth: A Schumpeterian Perspective (book ch1)
Health as a Principal Determinant of Economic Growth (book ch2)
Endogenous longevity, biological deterioration and economic growth
Infectious Disease and Economic Growth: the Case of Tuberculosis
Public Health and Development
8 Health and Economic Growth:  Empirical Analysis
The growth economics of epidemics
Disease and Development:  The Effect of Life Expectancy on Economic Growth
Health's Contribution to Economic Growth in an Environment of Partially Endogenous Technical Progress (book ch3)
The Impact of Health Care Policy Initiatives on Productivity
9 Health as Human Capital
On the Health-Poverty Trap (book ch4)
A Theory of Health Disparities and Medical Technology
Productive Benefits of Health: Evidence from Low-Income Countries (book ch10)
Individual Returns to Health in Brazil:  A Quantile Regression Analysis (book ch11)
Health, Education and Economic Development (book ch6)
10 Health and Development/Development and Health:  The Empirical Evidence
Health, Inequality and Economic Development
Health in the Age of Globalization
Human Development Traps and Economic Growth (book ch5)
Nutrition, Malnutrition and Economic Growth (book ch7)

CHEATING: I will not tolerate cheating. Anyone caught cheating will receive a grade of F for the course, and their name will be turned over to Student Affairs. It is in your best interest to not tolerate the cheating of others. Cheating includes having others do your work, copying from others, or using notes, crib sheets or other such things not allowed, or representing work that you did not do as your own.

DISABILITY ACCOMMODATION: Reasonable accommodations are available for students who have a documented disability. Please notify the instructor during the first week of class of any accommodations needed for the course. Late notification may cause the requested accommodations to be unavailable. All accommodations must be approved through the Disability Resource Center (DRC) in Administration Annex 206, 335-3417.



Robert E. Rosenman, 2006