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Antipoverty Programs for Poor Children and Families  

Janet Currie

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Nov 2012
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Dec 2012
This article reviews research on the effects of programs that attempt to remediate the effects of poverty on children. It suggests that cash-benefit programs are unlikely to ever do enough to ... More

An Assessment of the Effectiveness of Antipoverty Programs in the United States  

Yonatan Ben-Shalom, Robert Moffitt, and John Karl Scholz

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Nov 2012
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Dec 2012
This article examines the impact of antipoverty programs on income poverty in the United States. Data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation shows that trends in per capita expenditures ... More

Community Associations at Middle Age: Considering the Options  

Robert H. Nelson

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Mar 2012
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Sep 2012
This article surveys what has been a leading development for American housing and local governance of the past half century: the meteoric rise of community associations. These ... More

Concepts of Equity and Fairness in Health and Health Care  

Jan Abel Olsen

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Apr 2011
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Sep 2012
This article describes the various concepts of equity and fairness that have been developed by economists in health and health care. It begins with a background framework on the principal ... More

Determinants of Health in Childhood  

Michael Baker and Mark Stabile

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Apr 2011
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Sep 2012
This article reviews the empirical studies to examine the validity of the notion that health in childhood has both short-term and longer-term economic consequences, and that childhood ... More

Disease Prevention, Health Care, and Economics  

Jane Hall

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Apr 2011
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Sep 2012
This article attempts to take on the policy issues and explores the economic analysis of prevention that can add to policy development. It discusses prevention and draws on the economic ... More

Economics and Mental Health: an International Perspective  

Richard G. Frank

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Apr 2011
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Sep 2012
This article notes that problems of incomplete information are particularly salient in the context of mental health. It considers how different nations address economics and mental health ... More

Economics of Health Behaviors and Addictions: Contemporary Issues and Policy Implications  

Donald S. Kenkel and Jody Sindelar

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Apr 2011
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Sep 2012
This article attempts to provide an overview of the response of economic research on unhealthy substances to these challenges and opportunities. It devotes considerable attention to new ... More

Economics of Infectious Diseases  

Ramanan Laxminarayan and Anup Malani

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Apr 2011
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Sep 2012
Infectious diseases remain a central preoccupation in many countries. This article sets out the economic issues that arise in this highly complex domain. It reviews four main strands of ... More

The Economics of the Biopharmaceutical Industry  

Patricia M. Danzon

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Apr 2011
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Sep 2012
This article summarizes the literature, and considers the issue of paying for research and development. It reviews research and development costs, regulation, productivity and incentives ... More

The Global Health Workforce  

Till Bärnighausen and David E. Bloom

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Apr 2011
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Sep 2012
This article addresses the role of the workforce in achieving health goals in developing country contexts. It reviews the health economics and health systems literature on the health ... More

Guaranteed Access to Affordable Coverage in Individual Health Insurance Markets  

Wynand P. M. M. Van De Ven and Frederik T. Schut

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Apr 2011
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Sep 2012
This article deals with individual insurance, which is the dominant form of private health insurance. The only way to make individual health insurance affordable for high risks is to organize ... More

Health Care Cost Growth  

Michael E. Chernew and Dustin May

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Apr 2011
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Sep 2012
Health care cost growth is among the most important issues facing the United States and other developed countries. This article describes the rapid growth in expenditure in most developed ... More

Health Economics and Policy: the Challenges of Proselytizing  

Alan Maynard and Karen Bloor

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Apr 2011
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Sep 2012
This article surveys the successes and lacunae of the health economics research endeavor. It points to the key role that funding agencies have in directing research attention towards ... More

Health Investments under Risk and Ambiguity  

Olof Johansson-Stenman

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Sep 2011
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Nov 2012
This article deals with the question of how a public decision maker should think about issues of known and unknown risks. The optimal investment levels are then derived and compared for a ... More

Health Production  

Kristian Bolin

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Apr 2011
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Sep 2012
This article presents the economic theory of health production, which envisions health as a capital stock to education or human capital. It provides a comprehensive account of the ... More

Health System Productivity  

Jack E. Triplett

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Apr 2011
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Sep 2012
This article considers approaches to tracking changes in the productivity of a health care system over time. Economists generally believe that measured productivity growth in the sector is ... More

Health Systems in Industrialized Countries  

Bianca K. Frogner, Peter S. Hussey, and Gerard F. Anderson

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Apr 2011
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Sep 2012
This article focuses on the health systems of industrialized countries which are members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It begins with an overview of ... More

Hospitals: Teaming Up  

Pedro Pita Barros and Pau Olivella

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Apr 2011
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Sep 2012
This article describes the economics literature on the operation of hospitals using a framework based on the notion of “teams”. It presents two distinctive features. The first one is the separation ... More

Incentives to Innovate  

Darius N. Lakdawalla and Neeraj Sood

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Apr 2012
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Sep 2012
Efficient innovation policy requires decoupling of the innovator's private rewards from consumer prices, and instead tying them to the marginal social value of the invention. This is not ... More

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