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SPECIALIZATION

The research groups Regulation in Health Care Markets and Evaluation of Health Care Policies at the School of Economics will provide research based and up-to-date lectures in the three specializations:

  • Health Economics
  • Global Health
  • Health Care Finance and Management

REGULATION IN HEALTH CARE MARKETS

The main goal of researchers in this field is to combine sound theoretical analysis and empirical evidence on health care markets with a deep understanding of legal, institutional, and regulatory constraints operating in these markets.

This goal has evolved because:

  • Health care markets are flawed by several frailties and failures
  • Given the societal value of health and health care this feature of health care markets attracts a huge attention by legislators and regulators making the working of competitive forces extremely complex in this context
  • A good understanding on how to improve the working of such markets should delve the interplay between economics and institutions

EVALUATION OF HEALTH CARE POLICIES

Evaluating existing policies in health care markets is the key to the implementation of new good policies. The main goal of researchers in this field is to combine a deep understanding of legal, institutional, and regulatory process behind health care policies with appropriate quantitative and econometric tools for program evaluation. Methods for program evaluation can be fruitfully applied both in high and low/middle income countries provided that adaptation are carefully taken. In high income countries low returns to health care policies force policymakers to invest money on carefully selected priorities. Similar implications in low and middle income countries derive from absolute resource scarcity. A special attention is devoted to policies addressing individuals misbehavior leading to unhealthy lifestyles. Appropriate policies in this realm should carefully consider individuals’ compliance and rational adherence to information provision and guidelines.