Econ 157 Syllabus Spring 2010

Econ 157 Syllabus Spring 2010 - ECON 157 - HEALTH ECONOMICS...

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ECON 157 - HEALTH ECONOMICS Department of Economics University of California, Berkeley Spring 2010 Instructor: Rika Mortimer Office hours: Thursdays 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and by appointment, 697 Evans Hall E-mail: rika.mortimer@berkeley.edu Classroom: 277 Cory Meeting time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Readers: Negar Ghobadi ( negargh@berkeley.edu ), Gee Hee Hong ( ghhong@econ.berkeley.edu ), and Paul Masi ( masi.pa@gmail.com ) Course Goals: The specific learning goals for this course include: I. Critical Thinking Skills CT1. Apply economic analysis to evaluate everyday problems. CT2. Apply economic analysis to evaluate specific policy proposals. CT3. Compare two or more arguments that have different conclusions to a specific issue or problem. CT4. Understand the role of assumptions in arguments. II. Quantitative Reasoning Skills QT1. Understand how to use empirical evidence to evaluate an economic argument. QT2. Interpret statistical results. QT4. Obtain and/or collect relevant data using specific qualitative and/or quantitative research methods. III. Problem-Solving Skills PS2. Propose solutions for problems that do not have clear answers, and indicate under what conditions they may be viable solutions. IV. Specialized Knowledge and Application of Skills SP1. In specific content areas (fields) of economics, develop deeper critical and quantitative thinking skills and apply problem-solving skills to complex problems. V. Communication Skills CS1. Communicate effectively in written, spoken, and graphical form about specific economic issues. CS2. Formulate a well-organized written argument that states assumptions and hypotheses, which are supported by evidence. VI. Lifelong Learning Skills LL2. Know how to locate and use primary data sources (e.g., BLS Household Survey, UN Human Development Index) LL3. Understand and evaluate current economic events and new economic ideas. More specifically, you are expected to: 1. Understand the institutional features of health care markets. 2. Identify economic issues relevant to health care markets.
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Econ 157 2 3. Learn how to analyze and evaluate health care markets using microeconomic tools and concepts. 4. Evaluate health care policies from an economic perspective. 5. Find and explore topics that particularly interest you in the field of health economics. Pre-requisites: Econ 1 or equivalent. Econ 100A is recommended but is not required. Required Textbooks: 1. Sherman Folland, Allen Goodman, and Miron Stano, The Economics of Health and Health Care , 6 th ed., Pearson Prentice Hall, 2009. You can use the 5 th edition for this course as the two versions are very similar. However, the 6 th edition contains more recent health literature and statistics as well as a new chapter (Ch. 23), and I recommend it if you plan to keep the textbook after taking the course. 2.
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