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Harvard School of Public Health

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Spring 2008

Dr. A. Mahal
5.0 credits
Lectures. Two 2-hour sessions each week.

This is a course in applied microeconomic theory (formerly PIH271). We use basic calculus, differentiation, and simple constrained maximization theory to develop empirical models of the behavior of individuals, households, firms, and markets, as well as normative theories of social welfare and resource allocation within the health sector. All applications will be drawn from population and public health issues in developing countries. Empirical applications include individuals' demand for health care, health insurance, and retirement saving; the determinants of fertility and educational investments in children; the distribution of resources within households; formal and informal mechanisms for risk sharing; the supply of physician and health services; market failures and inefficiencies due to asymmetric information in health insurance markets; and applications of the theory externalities and public goods to disease control and environmental policy. Normative applications include the trade-off between equity and efficiency, criteria for resource allocation and project evaluation within the health sector such as cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis, and ethical issues such as the valuation of life, the multiple competing objectives of health policy, and fairness.
Course note: The course makes use of calculus and constrained maximization at the level of PIH274 or equivalent. (7.06)


Course evaluations are an important method for feedback on the quality of course offerings. The submission of a course evaluation is a requirement for this course. Your grade for the course will be made available only after you have submitted responses to at least the first three questions of the on-line evaluation for this course.

Spring 2007

Dr. J. Sevilla
5.0 credits
Lectures. Two 2-hour sessions each week.

This is a course in applied microeconomic theory (formerly PIH271). We use basic calculus, differentiation, and simple constrained maximization theory to develop empirical models of the behavior of individuals, households, firms, and markets, as well as normative theories of social welfare and resource allocation within the health sector. All applications will be drawn from population and public health issues in developing countries. Empirical applications include individuals' demand for health care, health insurance, and retirement saving; the determinants of fertility and educational investments in children; the distribution of resources within households; formal and informal mechanisms for risk sharing; the supply of physician and health services; market failures and inefficiencies due to asymmetric information in health insurance markets; and applications of the theory externalities and public goods to disease control and environmental policy. Normative applications include the trade-off between equity and efficiency, criteria for resource allocation and project evaluation within the health sector such as cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis, and ethical issues such as the valuation of life, the multiple competing objectives of health policy, and fairness.
Course note: The course makes use of calculus and constrained maximization at the level of PIH274 or equivalent. (7.06)


Course evaluations are an important method for feedback on the quality of course offerings. The submission of a course evaluation is a requirement for this course. Your grade for the course will be made available only after you have submitted responses to at least the first three questions of the on-line evaluation for this course.

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