Econ329Syllabus

Econ329Syllabus - Syllabus for Economics 329 Loyola...

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Syllabus for Economics 329 Loyola University Chicago Health Economics – Spring 2011 Assistant Professor Tim Classen MWF 9:20 – 10:10 AM Email: [email protected] ( preferred method ) 25 E. Pearson, Room 301 Office: 1 East Pearson, Room 548 Phone: (312) 915-6184 Office Hours: Monday, 1:30 – 3:30, Wednesday 10:15 – 11:15, Friday 10:30 – 11:30 The course provides an understanding of the unique economic complexities of the health care industry. Relying on economic principles, we will study issues of the scarcity of resources in the production of health, efficiency in the production and distribution of health care, and market behavior of the firms and consumers in this vibrant and complex industry. Issues such as the demand for health care and health insurance, the role of government in determining health care policy, provider behavior, and hospital competition will be explored. Motivations for individual health behaviors in the context of economic models will also be studied. Topics of special interest are the tradeoffs between the quality and. quantity of health care, health care costs and financing, and social welfare outcomes. Students will gain valuable insights into the economic, ethical and social issues associated with this rapidly changing industry. Textbook The Economics of Health and Health Care by Folland, Goodman and Stano, 5 th or 6 th edition Assigned Readings Papers will be posted on Blackboard during course of semester. Grading There will be a group project on the health care system of a foreign country consisting of a 15 minute presentation and short paper (6 - 8 pages), a midterm and final exam that will serve as the primary basis for your grade in this course. There will also be several assignments consisting of discussion questions based on the readings. There will be no make-up exams. If you are unable to take the exams on their scheduled dates, you will need to arrange to take the exam prior to its scheduled time. The relative weights of these components are: Group presentation and short paper: 20% Midterm exam: 25% ( Friday, March 4 ) Final Exam: 35% ( Saturday, May 7 ) Bi-weekly discussion questions: 15% Course attendance and participation: 5% Classroom Expectations Turn off cell phones. No texting, please. Laptops may NOT be used during class
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