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Spring 2014-2015
ECO 332 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Economics of Health and Health Care

Daniel I. Rees

Smoking, binge drinking, unprotected sex, substance use, poor dietary habits and physical inactivity are responsible for hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths and impose billions of dollars in medical care costs each year in the United States. This course teaches an economic approach to analyzing the various polices that affect these risky health behaviors. The extensive economic literature on the causes and consequences of risky health behaviors will be studied. Students will use the statistical software package STATA and individual-level data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) to conduct original research.

Sample reading list:
Folland, Goodman and Stano, The Economics of Health and Health Care, 6th ed. (2010)-main
Thomas Rice and Lynn Unruh, The Economics of Health Reconsidered 3rd ed. (2009)

Reading/Writing assignments:
In addition to the assigned textbook material, there will be assigned journal articles.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 15%
Final Exam - 30%
Programming Assignments - 10%
Papers - 40%
Problem set(s) - 5%

Other Requirements:
Statistical, design or other software use required
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
ECO 202 or equivalent..

Other information:
Although multivariable calculus may occasionally be used, it will not be the workhorse for lectures or homework.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40471 L01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm T Th   McCosh Hall   2   Enrolled:21 Limit:40
43813 P01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm F        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
44019 P02 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm T   Friend Center   007   Enrolled:21 Limit:25
43031 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled