This course surveys what is possible, interesting, and convincing in health economics research. To this end, the course focuses on the recent empirical literature of health determinants. This literature has benefited from: a) the application of empirical tools pioneered in labor economics, and; b) the quantity and quality of readily-available microdata on health outcomes. While the course's focus is squarely on empirical determinants of health, three theoretical frameworks guide the course: the human capital model of health (Grossman 1972), the theory of capacity formation (Cunha & Heckman 2007), and the potential outcomes framework (Rubin 1974).
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