This course explores the health care sector and health policy issues from an economic perspectives, making use of case studies and empirical evidence. Microeconomics tools will be used to analyze the functioning of different pueces of the health care system, while empirical methods will be considered to test the main predictions. Topics will range from fundamental subjects, such as the demand for and the supply of health to more recent developments, as the role of patients' bias in explaining geographical variations in healthcare consumption. The objective of the course is to get a better understanding of the mechanisms driving the health expenditures. At the end of the course the students are expected to be familiar with the main economic models adopted to explain variations in health expenditures and health outcomes, and how the policy maker should intervene to intervene in those variations.
1. Global Health Challanges Facts Paradoxes Making sense of evidence using economic theory
2. Demand for health and health care (Battacharya Chapters 1-4) 3. Supply of health care (Battacharya Chapters 5-6) 4. Health Policy (Battacharya Chapters 15-19) 5. Public Health Economics (Battacharya Chapters 20-22)
6. Papers with applications of the economic theory