ECON 620 (01) - Topics in Economics

Topics in Economics

Durham   Paul College of Business&Econ :: Economics
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2024 - Full Term (08/26/2024 - 12/09/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   30  
CRN: 15958
Special topics cover a variety of areas in economics, often of special interest to the instructor.
Prerequisite(s): (ECON 401 with minimum grade of C- or ECON 401H with minimum grade of C- ) and (ECON 402 with minimum grade of C- or ECON 402H with minimum grade of C- or EREC 411 with minimum grade of C- )
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 16 credits.
Instructors: Bradley Herring

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/26/2024 12/9/2024 TR 2:10pm - 3:30pm PCBE G25
Additional Course Details: 

Course Name: Intermediate Health Economics

Course Overview: This course provides undergraduates with prior coursework in microeconomics a survey of the field of health economics by covering issues related both to the demand for health, healthcare, and insurance, and to provider supply of healthcare services and insurance. The material is presented in a series of in-person lectures. Twelve short written assignments and two exams will assess student understanding of the material.

Course Description: This ECON 620 course in intermediate health economics applies the analytical tools of microeconomics to various issues in health and healthcare. The first half of the course focuses on patient demand, and the second half focuses on provider supply. Topics covered in the former include the demand for health and healthcare, the demand for insurance, cost-effectiveness considerations, health equity, and externalities associated with certain health behaviors. Topics covered in the latter half of the course include the role of nonprofits, provider agency, provider competition versus concentration, insurer behavior, and the effects of government regulation of insurance.

Note: Students who do not have the Microeconomics course prerequisite can enroll in HMP 642, Health Economics.