Dr. Helmut Farbmacher
University of Mannheim

University of Mannheim; Autumn Term 2017

Applied Health Economics



  • The introductory meeting is this Friday (15.9.) from 12-1.30pm, room 003, L9, 1-2.
  • Please let me know your preference for the term paper until 22nd September.

Term paper and grading

The seminar will cover a variety of topics in empirical health economics and health policy, for instance:

  • Individual behavior and health economics
  • Causal links between socio-economic status and health
  • Health and retirement
  • Health and wages
  • The demand for health and health care
  • Evaluation of policy reforms in health economics

The goal of this seminar is to give an overview of interesting research questions in health economics. The students should be enabled to understand basic concepts in health economics and microeconometric methods, and to utilize recent results for their own applied work.

Details of the course will be discussed and a short lecture will be given during the introductory meeting on Friday (15.9. 12-1.30pm, room 003, L9, 1-2). The seminar will be held in English. The seminar paper must be written between 2 October 2017 and 29 October 2017 (four weeks). The seminar presentations will be on Friday (10.11.) 1pm-7pm, room 003, L9, 1-2 and Saturday (11.11.) 8am-11am, room P044, L7, 3-5.

The seminar paper must be substantially your own work. It must be written in English. To keep chances equal, I will not answer specific questions to your seminar paper. Submission is online via email in pdf-format.

For each topic you will find a short description of a proposed task. You can either focus on a single paper and present this paper in more detail (problem, solution of the problem, main results, intuition, sketch/idea of proof (if not too long or complicated), application, etc.) or write some kind of survey summarizing several papers.

Please do not simply copy the paper but present it in your own way, explaining the important concepts in own words. This will be a major part of your task. When you copy results or tables from other studies, try to focus on the main information, which is relevant for your argument. Do not simply copy and/or discuss all results.

Replications of a paper (e.g. with an own application and/or Monte Carlo simulations) are also welcome and appreciated, but not required.

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