Economic Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases

45 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2000 Last revised: 12 Oct 2010

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Tomas Philipson

University of Chicago; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: March 1999

Abstract

Infectious disease is currently the main cause of mortality in the world and has been even more important historically. This paper reviews recent research in economic epidemiology. Specifically, it discusses the occurrence of infectious diseases and the effects of public health interventions designed to control them. Several key points include: differences in the predictions regarding short- and long-run disease occurrence between rational and epidemiological epidemics, the nonstandard effects of interventions when epidemics are rational, the desirability and possibility of eradicating infectious diseases, as well as the components of the welfare loss induced by infectious diseases.

Suggested Citation

Philipson, Tomas J., Economic Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases (March 1999). NBER Working Paper No. w7037. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=227418

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