ECON 468
Your Money or Your Life: Health Disparities in the United States Fall 2021
Division II

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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 race, education, employment 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, trust in institutions, 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: Format: seminar; including frequent small group meetings that may occur outside regularly scheduled class times
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1514
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Class discussion, oral presentations, six short response papers, two 5-page critiques of published articles, three Stata exercises, and one 15-page original empirical research paper. Please note that the course can be taken P/F only by those who do not intend to use it to satisfy the requirements for the Economics major.
Prerequisites: ECON 251 and ECON 255 or equivalent, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: 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

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