Dec 15, 2019  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

ECON 531 - Health: Economic, Psychological, and Anthropological Perspectives


Prerequisite, MATH 203, or MGSC 209, or PSY 203. This course will introduce you to economic, psychological, and anthropological perspectives explaining variation in health, wealth, and well-being - both within societies and across societies. We will explore a variety of health related research questions from three perspectives of quantitative inquiry: the first uses macroeconomics, demography, and cross-cultural comparison (comparing phenomena at levels of aggregate levels of populations, countries, and socioeconomic strata), the second uses behavioral economics (i.e., the study of how psychological, social, cognitive, and emotional factors affect the economic decisions of individuals), and the third uses anthropological studies to understand human-environment health interactions from an evolutionarily informed behavioral ecology perspective. The course will be comprised of lecture and discussion, homework problems, and final presentations in class. Some sections of this course may be taught with ECON 431. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits