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Advanced Public Sector Economics IV (Health Economics)

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This course combines applied microeconomics with public finence / social policy questions. A particular focus will be on the various incentives which individuals face in their health-related behavior and which are largely shaped by the form of their health insurance. Possible questions: Why do developed societies decide to have social health insurance? What is the optimal design of health insurance? What about risk selection? Other topics will also be dealt with (e. g. concerning the special role played by physicians and hospitals).

The course is based on Zweifel, Breyer, Kifmann (2009): Health Economics, Springer (or the German edition).

The Exam on June 21 (10 - 12 h) will take place in Room 2.43 (Fakultätensitzungszimmer).


Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10


for Chapter 2: Economic Evaluation
for Chapter 3: Health Production
for Chapter 5: Health Goods, Market Failure and Justice
for Chapter 6: Optimal Health Insurance Contracts
for Chapter 7: Risk Selection in Health Insurance Markets
for Chapter 8: Physicians
for Chapter 9: Hospitals
for Chapter 10: Paying Providers