Economics of Health and Education

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Economics of Health and Education

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ECON 201 or ECON 271

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The study of economic issues regarding the provision of, and demand for, health and education services.

    After social welfare, health and education are the largest areas of government spending in most modern economies, including New Zealand. Together, health and education account for about 13% of New Zealand's gross domestic product (GDP). This paper is about the economic analysis of the health and education sectors, with particular emphasis on government policy concerning them. Theoretical foundations and techniques of economic evaluation and decision-making are also covered (useful in a wide variety of jobs when you graduate!). These over-arching subject areas afford a special opportunity for the application of a wide range of microeconomic concepts and techniques (some covered in ECON 201) to significant real-world issues, such as health care rationing, prioritisation, the 'value of life' and 'user-pays' (ie student fees and student loans) in education.

    Learning Outcomes
    1. To apply the microeconomic tools and concepts introduced in BSNS 104, ECON 112 and ECON 201 to the topics of health and education, including contemporary New Zealand policy issues (and other countries too)
    2. To introduce you to new microeconomics tools and concepts, as required
    3. To equip you with the skills to be able to understand and critique economic evaluations of health care programmes and to be able to apply these skills more generally (ie to any economic project appraisal)
    4. In general, to encourage you to develop analytical and decision-making skills, including modest technical and quantitative proficiencies

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