Health Economics
ECON/HPA 445
Spring, 2013



Instructor:  Edward Green, eug2@psu.edu
Teaching Assistant:  Wiroy Shin, wus130@psu.edu
Lectures:  TuTh 4:15–5:30 p.m., in 160 Willard
Office hours (Green):  F 1:30–2:30 p.m., in 415 Kern
Office hours (Shin):  Tu 1:30–3:30 p.m., in 505 Kern


Syllabus     


The term paper topic is to calibrate a quantitative model of healthcare demand and to examine its implications. To run the model, you need to use the Python (version3.3.0) software. .

Lecture slides from 2013.01.22 on Cutler and Miller [10].

Lecture slides from 2013.01.31 on cost-benefit analysis of health investment

Lecture slides from 2013.02.05 on health as human capital for market production

Lecture slides from 2013.02.07 on health as human capital for non-market production

Lecture slides from 2013.02.19–21 on calibrating a model of healthcare demand. (Includes termpaper-assignment schedule.)

Lecture slides from 2013.03.21 on welfare analysis of saving and insurance.


Spreadsheet of WHO data.     Materials regarding life expectancy and life tables.


Fly swatting, etc.   (Documentation of an anecdote in the lecture of 2013.01.10).