The Future of Health Economics

35 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2000 Last revised: 14 Oct 2010

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Victor R. Fuchs

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: October 1999

Abstract

This paper discusses health economics as a behavioral science and as input into health policy and health services research. I illustrate the dual role with data on publications and citations of two leading health economics journals and three leading American health economists. Five important, relatively new topics in economics are commended to health economists who focus on economics as a behavioral science. This is followed by suggestions for health economists in their role of providing input to health policy and health services research. I discuss the strengths and weaknesses of economics, the role of values, and the potential for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research. The fourth section presents reasons why I believe the strong demand for health economics will continue, and the paper concludes with a sermon addressed primarily to recent entrants to the field.

Suggested Citation

Fuchs, Victor R., The Future of Health Economics (October 1999). NBER Working Paper No. w7379. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=193796

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