ECON 227 HEALTH ECONOMICS
DR. ALICE LOUISE KASSENS - SPRING 2011
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Text: Santerre, R.E. & Neun, S.P. (2010). Health Economics. Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning Prerequisite: ECON 121 (Principles of Microeconomics) Additional Reading: Dates shown on following page and citation on Inquire. Special services: If you are on record with the College’s Special Services as having a special academic or physical need requiring accommodations, please bring me the proper paperwork as soon as possible. Arrangements for extended time on exams and testing in a semiprivate setting must be made at least one week before every exam. Subject tutoring: Tutoring is not available for 200-level courses. Please come to my office hours frequently to ensure understanding of the course material. Additional “practice” problems and answer keys can be given to students in need of additional aid. It is suggested that these additional problems be attempted and then reviewed with me during office hours.
Upon completing the course, students will be able to: 1. Display a firm grasp of economic knowledge. 2. Conduct rigorous economic analysis and research. 3. Demonstrate proficiency in a variety of communication skills. 4. Appreciate the relationship between economics and ethics. 5. Appreciate the importance of economic and social justice. 6. Describe current health care issues and compare them to past environments. 7. Critique current and proposed government policy measures in the health care markets via economic models and concepts.
ECON 227 HEALTH ECONOMICS
Course Calendar (subject to change)*
Week (date) Week 1 ( 1/17-21) Week 2 (1/24-28) Topic Introduction What is health? Assignment Chapter 1 Chapter 2, Additional Reading #1 Chapter 5 Quiz #2, Homework #1 Week 4 (2/7-11) Demand for medical insurance Chapter 6 TEST #1 Week 5 (2/14-18)
“The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.” – Thomas Sowell
Week 3 (1/31-2/4)
Demand for medical care
Medical care production and costs Structure, conduct, performance, and market analysis Health insurance
Chapter 7 Quiz #3 Chapter 8 Quiz #4, Homework #2 Chapter 11 Quiz #5, Response paper
Week 6 (2/21-25) Week 7 (2/28-3/4)
Week 8 (3/14-18) Week 9 (3/21-25)
Chapter 12 Quiz #6, Response paper Chapter 13 Quiz #7, Homework #3
Week 10 (3/28-4/1) Week 11 (4/4-8) Week 12 (4/11-15)
Government, health, and med- Chapter 9 ical care Test #2 Government as health insurer Health insurance reform Chapter 10 Quiz #8, Homework #4 Chapter 16 Homework #5
Week 13 (4/18-22) Good Friday Week 14 (4/25) May 2, 8:30-11:30 AM CUMMULATIVE
Additional Reading #2 Paper Presentations Paper Presentations FINAL EXAM
*It is very difficult to predict how the semester will go. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change at the professor’s discretion. Alerts will be posted on INQUIRE. It is your responsibility to check the site regularly.
ECON 227 HEALTH ECONOMICS
Attendance: Students are expected to be in class everyday. If you have a valid reason for an absence, please inform me ahead of time. These absences are considered excused. I must be notified of excused absences prior the beginning of class, else the student will be marked absent. Roll is taken at the beginning of class each day, and students receive one point each day he/she is present. More than 3 unexcused absences will result in a FULL letter grade reduction for the course.
This course requires both group and individual work. It is expected that you follow the instructions on all assignments carefully with regards to what are acceptable sources for completing the assignments. Doing your own work and
Homework: Problems are similar to test questions and should be used to understand the material covered and assist in studying for tests. Late homework sets will NOT be accepted. You may work together in groups, use your notes and textbook, but each student must turn in a copy of their work. All work must be shown to receive full credit.
Quizzes: In non-test weeks, short multiple choice quizzes will be given at the end of class on Fridays The purpose of these quizzes are to incentivize continuous study of the material covered. These quizzes are closed book, but calculators may be used. No make up quizzes are given and arrangements for excused absences must be made a week in advance. Students may keep their graded quizzes to aid in study for tests and the final.
properly acknowledging the work of others are fundamental and crucial values in an academic environment. Violations of academic integrity will immediately be referred to the proper authorities.
Response papers: Students must write a 250 word summary of an issue in HR 3590 and a 250 word critique of that same issue, for a total of 500 words. You must use the actual bill and cite the page; you may NOT use summaries of the bill. This should be your thoughts. APA guidelines apply. You will be graded on your accuracy and writing. One week later, each student will respond to two classmate's papers, each response being 150 words. You will be graded upon your critical analysis. All writing portions must be submitted via Turnit In. More detailed instructions will follow.
Presentation: Students will be sorted into groups of 4-6 to present an assigned paper relevant in the current health economics literature. I will assign a grade to the group based upon clarity, cohesion, quality, accuracy and response to a Q and A session. A peer review process will be used to determine the share of that score each student receives. More detailed instructions will follow.
Instrument Attendance Homework (5)
% 5 10 5
Tests/Final: Tests will be on the Friday of the week listed on the calendar. No late tests are given. If you have a valid reason for not taking a test on the scheduled date, you must speak to me at least one week prior the test in order to make other arrangements. If you are sick on a test day, you must contact me prior the beginning of the test period, and supply a note from a doctor before a make-up test will be given. Students not present during a test period who do not meet the requirements listed above will receive a zero for the test. Tests will be reviewed, but will be collected by the professor after this review. All tests are the property of the professor. If you would like to examine your test outside of class, feel free to come to my office during office hours to do so. You may not, under any circumstances, take your test home with you. The final exam date is also listed on the calendar and s cumulative.
Response paper (2) 20 Presentation (1) Test (2)/Final 15 45
ECON 227 Health Economics
Dr. Alice Louise Kassens
Dr. Alice Louise Kassens is an Associate Professor of Economics at Roanoke College. She received her BA in Economics from the College of William and Mary and her PhD in Economics from North Carolina State University. Dr. Kassens’ areas of research include health and labor economics. Currently she has several research projects underway including: What Does Not Kill Me Makes Me Thinner? An analysis of overweight and obese aging adult Americans response to adverse obesity related health complications including heart attack and Type II diabetes. Results indicate that the obese only respond to a new diagnosis of diabetes and reduce their BMI by 1.2 units. (Paper under review at a national journal and has been presented at several national and international conferences) Effects of Clinical Depression on Labor Market Outcomes. A joint paper with Dr. William M. Rodgers III (former Chief Economist at the US Department of Labor and current Professor of Economics at Rutgers University.) Clinical depression reduces employment, particularly for women and minorities. Depression lengthens the job search for women (longer duration of unemployment), but minorities are more likely to drop out of the labor force. (Paper presented at several national conferences and Dr. Kassens worked with Dr. Rodgers as a Summer Scholar in Residence at Rutgers in July 2010.)
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