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Spring 2011-2012
WWS 476 / ECO 354 (SA)   na, npdf

Special Topics in Public Affairs - The Economics of Health Policy in Developing Countries

Jeffrey S. Hammer

Early death is arguably the worst manifestation of poverty in developing countries. Much of this premature death, and the low quality of life that goes with it, is avoidable with well conceived and executed public policy. But there's the rub. Setting priorities for what government (and well-meaning outsiders) should do with very limited means requires hard choices--matters of life and death. The choices are limited both by the severe resource constraints in poor countries and constraints of effective implementation of programs. This course focuses on how economic reasoning can help inform effective policy.

Sample reading list:
William Jack, Principles of Health Economics for Developing Countries
Jamison,, Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries
Hammer, "Economic Analysis for Health Projects" World Bank Research
Filmer, et. al., Weak Links in the Chain: A Diagnosis of Health Policy
World Bank, World Development Report 2004
Das and Hammer, Money for Nothing: The Dire Straits of Indian Medical Care

Reading/Writing assignments:
A term paper in the form of a (relatively) short briefing memo to a government ministry will be required. Topic of student's choice with agreement of instructor.

Mid Term Exam - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Term Paper(s) - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors and Seniors Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Intermediate Microeconomics or equivalent.

Reserved Seats:
Open to ECO Concentrators Only 5
Open to WWS Concentrators Only 5

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42726 S01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm T Th   Robertson Hall   001   Enrolled:18 Limit:24