Degree Description : Ph.D. Program in Health Policy
Institution : Harvard University
Programme Description :
Students in the economics concentration can expect to gain skills in the theoretical and empirical tools of economics, including applied econometrics and the application of economic theory to policy problems. Examples of the type of research they pursue includes economic evaluation of the consequences of healthcare policies for equity and efficiency, conceptual and empirical work identifying and quantifying the welfare and distributional consequences of market failures in healthcare, assessments of the effects of market structure and the industrial organization of healthcare on costs and quality of care, work studying the optimal design of social programs, work studying the determinants of changes in population-level and group-specific health and wellbeing, work focusing on the effects of policies and markets on innovation and the diffusion of medical technologies, assessments of the role of behavioral frictions in determining patient and provider behavior, etc.