Health and environmental economics (2017/2018)

Course code
4S003744
Name of lecturers
Paolo Pertile, Marcella Veronesi
Coordinator
Paolo Pertile
Number of ECTS credits allocated
9
Academic sector
SECS-P/03 - PUBLIC ECONOMICS
Language of instruction
English
Period
Secondo Semestre Magistrali dal Feb 26, 2018 al May 25, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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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 health and environmental economics and for the economic evaluation of market innovations and policies

Syllabus

- Environmental effects on health
- Climate change and health
- Biodiversity and health
- Environmental policy instruments (e.g., taxes, payments for environmental services, ecolabelling, ecotourism)
- Environment, health, and human capital
- The link between economic variables and health
- The demand for health care
- Market failures in health care markets
- Health care supply: alternative models
- 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 computer programming for economic evaluation

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 assessment 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. To this end, students have an option to have part of the assessment based on a project work, which gives them the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and methods learnt during the course to a real world problem.

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2017/2018