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Topics in Environmental and Health Economics

Course
GM0737
Master’s level
7,5 credits (ECTS)

About

The objective of the course is to give the students the possibility to study a selection of contemporary topics in environmental or health economics in depth. Reading and discussing current research is an integral part of this course. Traditional lectures make up a small part of this course. Student centered learning activities make up a larger part of this course. The students will take one of the sub-courses below.

Topics in Environmental Economics

Current research is an integral part of this course and the objective is to give the students the possibility to study selected contemporary topics in Environmental economics in depth. Examples of topics that could be covered are policy instrument design, aspects of natural resource economics, or welfare analysis of environmental problems by the use of methods to measure environmental benefits. For information about the current topic see the course guide on the course web page for details (note that the topics can vary between semesters). Also, traditional lectures make up only a small part of this course. Student centered learning activities make up a larger part of this course.

Advanced Health Economics

This course applies tools for economic analysis to problems related to health. The course focuses on three main issues. First, building on human-capital theory we examine the demand for health and healthcare. Second, the particular properties of health as a good pose a set of problems for health insurance markets. The importance of moral hazard and adverse selection for health insurance is examined. Third, economic evaluation methods applied to the allocation of resources aiming at improving health are increasingly important, both as a field of research and as a method applied to real world problems. For information about the current topic see the course guide on the course web page for details (note that the topics can vary between semesters).

Prerequisites and selection

Requirements

To be eligible for the course Topics in Environmental and Health Economics, the participant must fulfill the entrance qualifications for the Master of Science programme in Economics or the Master of Science programme in Finance. For programme specific entrance requirements, see programme syllabus.