Seminar in Health Economics
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
2. The role of health and healthcare in economic development.
Specific learning goals include:
READINGS: The 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
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||
|2||Economics of Disease Interventions||
|AIDS and HIV||
Public Health Policies Reduce the Spread of Infectious Diseases or Merely
The Economic Cost of AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Reassessment (book ch12)
|5||Background on Health and Growth||
|7||Health and Economic Growth: Theory||
|8||Health and Economic Growth: Empirical Analysis||
|9||Health as Human Capital||
|10||Health and Development/Development and Health: The Empirical Evidence||
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,