Applied Microeconomics Assignments for Health Economics

Beyond Buttered Popcorn: A Project Using Movies to Teach Game Theory in Introductory Economics (Burke, Robak & Stumph)
May 23, 2018
An In-Class Experiment to Teach Marginal Revenue Product Using the Baseball Labor Market and Moneyball (Wooten & White)
May 23, 2018

In this paper, I describe three assignments that are designed to reduce student misconceptions about health care and insurance. The assignments are a comparison of health care systems, the design of a health insurance plan, and an examination of a physician’s choice of practice type. They require a synthesis of the theoretical and practical analysis of economic models, and they ask students to think critically and to provide quantitative estimates. Each assignment includes a group presentation and an individual writing component. The benefit of group projects is the interaction among students and the process of synthesizing their ideas. The projects may also be adapted for large undergraduate microeconomics courses.

Eva Dziadula