ECON338-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Health Economics Overview

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


An application of microeconomic and empirical tools to the study of health and medical care. The topics covered will include market failures arising from asymmetric information, the demand for and production of health, provision of health insurance, and government involvement in the medical care system.

The topics covered include the differences between health care markets and other markets (with a special emphasis on imperfect and asymmetric information), the demand for health and medical care services (derived demand for health care, supplier-induced demand etc.), the production of health and the economic explanations for the behaviour of medical careproviders (incentives of different payment mechanisms, regulation of entry, cost-containment strategies), and issues surrounding the provision of health insurance (adverse selection and moral hazard in particular). The course also considers the role of and economic justification for government involvement in the medical care system and encourages students to think critically about health care decisions and policies.

Learning Outcomes

The objectives of the course are to teach you how to employ microeconomic theory to understand and analyse health care markets

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.


Recommended Preparation

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01-P1 Tuesday 14:00 - 16:00 Beatrice Tinsley 111 (18/7)
17 Jul - 23 Jul
01-P2 Monday 13:00 - 15:00 Rehua 329 (24/7-21/8, 11/9-16/10)
24 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 441
24 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
02 Wednesday 15:00 - 16:00 Jack Erskine 445
24 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 18:30 - 20:30 E9 Lecture Theatre
21 Aug - 27 Aug

Contact Person

Andrea Menclova


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Final exam 40%
Test 40% Midterm test (Week 6)
Essay 18 Sep 2023 20% Due in week 8

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $868.00

International fee $4,075.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Department of Economics and Finance .

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