Your Money or Your Life: Health Disparities in the United States
A 25-year-old man living in a high-income household can expect to live 10 years longer than his low-income counterpart. There are also stark differences in mortality and health by education, employment status, race, immigrant status, region, and gender. This course will explore many of the potential explanations for health disparities, including access to insurance and health care, health behaviors, stress, environmental exposure, and intergenerational transmission of health. We will emphasize causal inference and focus on assessing the quality of evidence. We will also investigate how government policies contribute to or ameliorate health disparities in the U.S.
The Class: Type: seminar, including frequent small group meetings
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation includes class discussion, oral presentations, 6 short response papers, two 5-page critiques of published articles, and one 15-page original empirical research paper
Prerequisites: ECON 251 and ECON 255 or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: senior Economics majors
Distributions: Division II;
Attributes: PHLH Decision-Making by Institutions + Individuals; PHLH Social Determinants of Health; POEC U.S. Political Economy + Public Policy Course