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ECON 3390 Applied Health Economics (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

A perennial health policy debate concerns the proper role of government in the allocation of health care. The first fundamental theorem of welfare economics states that (under certain assumptions) markets result in efficient allocations, so one might expect most economists favor minimal government involvement in allocating health care. We will begin by studying economic theories about why health care markets may be inefficient, along with the empirical evidence regarding those theories. As the course progresses, our emphasis will shift: in groups, students will use publicly-available data to write and present a research paper investigating a policy-relevant health economics question.


Instructor(s): Sam Richardson

Prerequisites: ECON2201 or ECON2203, and ECON2228

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Last Updated: 17-Feb-16