Health and environmental economics (2016/2017)

Course code
Name of lecturers
Paolo Pertile, Marcella Veronesi
Paolo Pertile
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Disciplinary sector
Language of instruction
Secondo Semestre Magistrali dal Feb 27, 2017 al Jun 1, 2017.

Lesson timetable

Secondo Semestre Magistrali
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 10:10 AM - 12:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall SMT.04  
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM lesson Lecture Hall SMT.04  

Learning outcomes

- Learning how models from general microeconomic theory can be used to understand the main issues in environmental and health economics.
- Understanding economic determinants and implications of the current environmental challenges
- Learning the strengths and weaknesses of alternative environmental policies with real world examples from developing and developed countries
- Being able to interpret the main economic issues relevant for modern health care systems: efficiency, equity, sustainability.
- Gaining basic understanding of how analytical models can be used for the assessment of the evolution of variables of interest in both economic and environmental economics and for the economic evaluation of market innovations and policies


- Environmental effects on health
- Climate change and health
- Biodiversity and health
- Environmental policy instruments (e.g., taxes, payments for environmental surveys, ecolabelling, ecotourism)
- Environment, health, and human capital
- Individuals as producers of their health
- Health care risks and insurance
- The demand for health care
- Health care supply
- The key Features of some Health Care Systems around the world
- Asymmetry of information and contracts in health care
- The economic evaluation of health care interventions
- Introduction to applied methods for intertemporal assessment in health and environmental economics

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Stephen Morris, John Appleby, David Parkin Economic Analysis in Health Care Wiley 2011 978-0-470-72849-9

Assessment methods and criteria

The evaluation will be based on a written exam (including both theoretical and practical questions). The ability to apply concepts to real world situations and the understanding of theory and methods are essential to obtain the highest marks.

Statistics about transparency requirements (Attuazione Art. 2 del D.M. 31/10/2007, n. 544)

Data from AA 2016/2017 are not available yet