This is an advanced course on health economics. The purpose of the course is to expose students to more advanced topics and aspects of recent research in health economics. It provides a deeper examination of selected issues including health capital, relationship between health and economic development, fertility and demographic change, health behaviour, market structure for health care and health insurance. The course further aims to equip students to examine current policy debates in health economics. It will also further the understanding of contemporary econometric techniques and research designs used in causal inference. We will read, discuss, and critically evaluate key research papers in health economics. Students will be expected to read each paper in depth, participate in discussions about them, present and discuss several papers and write a term paper on their topic of interest.
Prerequisite: ECO 5401 (Econometrics I)