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Open notes portion of the final.

Closed notes portion of the final.

Please do not discuss your answers with anyone until you've all turned in the exams. Both sections are due tomorrow at 11:00 am in my office. You may also submit them as email attachments.

Final Review page

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Spring 1999-2000

Professor Wolaver

Office 170 Coleman Hall

Hours Monday 4:30-5:30; Tuesday 4:05-5:05 & by appointment.

Phone 577-1699


If you would like help from a librarian in doing your research project, Dot Thompson is the social science research librarian. She has office hours herself, Mondays 1:00-3:00 and is at the reference desk on Mondays 3:00-5:00 and Tuesdays 12:00-1:00. You can also contact her for an appointment by email at dthompsn or by phone: 7-3232.

Economics is roughly divided into two major areas: micro and macroeconomics. Health economics is primarily a subset of microeconomics, examining the behavior of firms and individuals regarding their demands for and production of health and medical care. Health care markets are an increasingly important part of our economic life, but they are among the least understood. There are many problems that distinguish these markets from other marketed goods. You will learn what the differences are, and what these imply for the workings of the markets. While I think that there are certain grand themes in health economics (access to care and containing costs), this course will dabble in a variety of topics, large and small. The course will follow a basic outline throughout the semester of looking at the theory and the empirical applications that are currently talked about in health economics.

The major class project will be a survey that you will design, conduct and analyze. I hope you will get a taste of and for data work: how it is done, what the limitations are, what we can learn from examining data in the social sciences. Learning to analyze data yourself will give you useful skills for your life after Bucknell, no matter what field you choose to enter.

The class will begin with a review of microeconomics and a short review/background in basic statistics for the social sciences. We will then start out with the model of individual behavior and investment and health. As we progress through the semester, we will then talk about the broad market issues in healthcare. This course is really a survey of topics in health economics, such as the labor market for physicians, cost-benefit analysis application in the evaluation of medicine, the problems in the market for health insurance, and different models of nonprofit firm behavior. The topics we will address in class are the ones that will provide you with a basic understanding of the applications of economics to health that are important in the modern economy.

Homework 30%

Homework assignments will consist of problem sets and group presentations of course readings.

Group Presentation 10%

You will be assigned to a group, and you will be required to present to the class one of the readings from the supplemental packet. More instructions will be provided, but the group will explain and critique the paper.

Participation 5%

Your contributions to the course will be essential. An adequate participation grade will depend on being in class and being prepared.

Midterm/Final 30%

The midterm and final will be equally weighted. The final will not be cumulative.

Term Paper/Class project 25%

As mentioned above, this class project will be a research project that you will design as a class from the ground up. The general topic is a study of drinking on Bucknell's campus, but you will guide the specific questions that you ask and answer. During the semester we will talk about how researchers design and conduct a study, as we construct our own.

Your primary text book is:

Folland, Goodman, & Stano, (FG&S) The Economics of Health and Health Care

You will also read some articles from current and past health economics work in the supplemental packet (SP).

Other readings may be added on reserve as the semester progresses.

Homework assignment number 1: Due February 7. Questions 4-8 page 122 in Folland, Goodman and Stano.

Answer key for first homework.

Homework #2.

Homework #3: Assignments for next Monday and Wednesday

Answers to Homework #3.

Answer key to midterm.

Homework #4

Answer key for Homework #4

Late Assignments

Late assignments will be accepted for up to 4 school days (Monday-Friday, not four class meeting days) after they are due, with a 25 percentage point penalty for each day.

Grievance procedure

If you feel that a homework, exam, or other assignment has been improperly graded, submit a written explanation of why you feel the grade is not accurate with the assignment, and I will review it.

Class Project

During the course of the semester, you will all cooperatively design, conduct, and evaluate a survey of your fellow Bucknell students on alcohol consumption patterns, perceptions, policy effectiveness, etc.... (you will be in charge of directing this end). There are several goals to this assignment.

1. For you to learn the scientific method through practice.

2. For you to learn how to ask and answer questions using data.

3. For you to gain experience using statistical software.

4. For you to learn the advantages and limitations of data work.

5. For you to learn more about the subject.

6. For you to teach me and others in the Bucknell community about the subject.

7. For you to learn about ethics of research.

8. For you to learn how to properly use statistics (and be able to tell when others have improperly used statistics).

I will be here to help you along in the process. I will not ask you to do anything that you aren't capable of doing, but I don't guarantee that this will be an easy class. You will work together, dividing up the labor of the study, and then each produce a "chapter" on a specific subject within the larger study. (The sub-topics will be up to you).

On Ereserve is a link to a web-text book on research methods. I will let you know when there are relevant "chapters" to read or good reference materials for this project on the site. Your text book and the supplemental packet readings are also good sources of examples of this type of research






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