06281 - Health care economics

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

In the first part of the course we study typical resource allocation problems in the healthcare sector. In the second part we examine key topics in Italian NHS reform.

Teaching practice will combine theory and institutional analysis with updated empirical evidence from the literature and case-studies developed by the teacher. Students should gain appropriate skills which will allow them to develop personal case-studies-

Course contents

PART I: Fundamentals of Health Economics

1-Health capital and the demand for health and healthcare
2-Individuals' heterogeneity and healthcare services' complexity: Physician-patient relationship
3-Health insurance and moral hazard
4-Health insurance and adverse selection
5-Regulation of heathcare systems
6-The regulation of the pharmaceutical market


Notes on each lecture will be provided by the teacher plus additional reading material.

Textbook in English

  • Bhattacharya, Hyde, Tu, 2014, Health Economics, Palgrave, McMillan.
  • Sloan, Hsieh, 2012, Health Economics, MIT press.
  • Folland, Goodman, Stano, 2007, The economics of health and health care, 5° edizione, Prentice Hall.

Teaching methods

Lectures, class discussions, workshops

Assessment methods

Examination comes in two parts:

A) presentation\essay of an assigned paper

B) written exam (60 minuti)

The final grade weights A and B according to 35% and 65% respectively.


The grade is graduated as follows:

<18 failed
18-23 sufficient
24-27 good
28-30 very good
30 e lode excellent

Teaching tools

We will make use of the Unibo e-learning platform (VIRTUALE.UNIBO.IT) for remote downloading of teaching materials and uploading of assigned presentations. Details on how to access the remote learning platform will be provided at the beginning of the course.

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Daniele Fabbri