90079 - The Economics Of Management In Healthcare

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  • Teacher Giulio Zanella

  • Credits 6

  • SSD SECS-P/01

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language English

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Economics and Economic Policy (cod. 8420)

  • Course Timetable from Apr 17, 2023 to May 22, 2023

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

This course presents fundamental economic theory and modelling behind management decisions taken in healthcare organizations. Specific case studies will be considered among HRM issues, clinical decision making, investment decisions. The general approach will structure management decision around the analysis of implied tradeoffs and constraints on available resources after having set the stage by presenting selected empirical evidence. The second part focuses on organizational design pertaining to the specific management decisions considered in healthcare organizations.

Course contents

This part of the course is focused on the economics of managing human resources.

  • The inflow of skills: Recruitment
  • Increasing workers' skills: Training
  • Using workers' skills: Job and Organizational Design
  • Encouraging the use of skills: Incentives
  • The outflow of skills: Turnover


Personnel Economics in Practice, 3rd Edition by Edward Lazear and Michael Gibbs

Teaching methods

Lectures will illustrate theory and empirical applications, and will guide students to independent study and critical thinking.

Assessment methods

Group project (30%) and written exam (70%)

The group project consists of the presentation of a case study built during the term in a study group of 3, 4, or 5 students (depending on class size) and related to the human resources management problems discussed in class.

The written exam consisting of a mix of problem solving, short essay questions, and multiple choice questions. These questions are both theoretical and applied. Students have 75 minutes for the exam.

The maximum possible grade is 30 cum laude. The grading scale is the following:

<18: Fail
18-23: Sufficient
24-27: Good
28-29: Very good
30: Excellent
30 cum laude: Outstanding (the instructor was impressed)

Teaching tools

The Virtuale platform will provide the following resources:

  • Updated information and notices
  • Class slides
  • Research articles

Office hours

See the website of Giulio Zanella