EC 782

Health Economics II (PhD level)

January 2017

Class meetings: SSW 546 MW 2-3:15 am

Professor Randall Ellis
Room 555
270 Bay State Road
ellisrp at bu dot edu
tel: 617-353-2741

office hours:  Tuesday 2-3:30 pm, Fridays 11-12:30 p.m.

You are encouraged to schedule a time for my office hours here, although walk-ins are also welcome.

I try to reserve Thursdays for research. Please try not to ask to meet on Thursdays.

This syllabus is for the empirical and policy portion of the two-course sequence in Health Economics at the Ph.D. level. You do not need to have taken EC781 to take this course. Students should be comfortable with microeconomics courses of the Ph.D. program as well as at least master’s level econometrics; a background in Industrial Organization is helpful, but is not a prerequisite.

There will be one in-class mid-term examination based on first half of the term, and a final examination based on the second half material.

You are invited to write a paper instead of taking the final exam, but need to turn in an outline of that paper by March 24. Final paper is due on the same day as the final exam.

There will be about seven homework assignments linked here and two short in-class presentations.

Grading will be as follows.

Midterm Examination: 30% Date and Time shown on the syllabus.
Final Examination or Term Paper: 30%  Date and Time is shown on the syllabus

Class participation and preparation: 10%

Presentations and presentation material (including handout and PowerPoint/PDF) 10%

Homework assignments: 20%

Course web site (this page):

There is no required text for this course.

I recommend that everyone in the course should read or scan the following. (You could share one with a classmate.)

Elisabeth Askin and  Nathan Moore. The Health Care Handbook: A Clear and Concise Guide to the United States Health Care System 2nd Edition Paperback – November 15, 2014

Paperback:  $15.99

Electronic: $8.99

The following book is recommended for background reading.

Thinking, Fast & Slow [Paperback] Daniel Kahneman, October 2011

It reflects my new interest in behavioral economics.

See course schedule for detailed readings.

Please know and adhere to the BU Academic Conduct Code.

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