The health of a population and the growth of healthcare economies depend in large part on both healthcare markets and the public policies and subsidies governing those markets. Improving health and the workings of the healthcare sector requires a better understanding of how the sector functions, the relationship between this sector and other parts of the economy, and the appropriate roles of markets and governments in providing its goods and services.
To probe these basic issues, the Becker Friedman Institute is launching its Health Economics Initiative with a Program on Foundational Research in Health Care Markets and Policies. This program aims to develop and support faculty researchers advancing fundamental economic research on health and the healthcare sector.
The Initiative will work to produce and promote truly original health economics research that merges economic theory with empirical analysis. The institute will stimulate innovative research that focuses on fundamental forces affecting the healthcare economies and the policies that govern them. In addition, the Initiative will promote research on how the healthcare sector interacts with other parts of the economy such as labor or capital markets.
The Initiative will seek to create a community of on-campus and visiting researchers undertaking novel research approaches to enhancing our understanding of the forces driving healthcare economies and policies. Research conferences and other activities will foster direct exchanges among scholars that inspire new avenues of inquiry.
The focus of the Initiative will be to stress the interaction between theoretical work that generates new hypotheses to understand the healthcare sector and empirical work that evaluates the value of these hypotheses or suggests new ones. In furthering this goal, the Initiative will advance new research by funding several fellowships and research grants for those at the dissertation and postdoctoral stages. Additionally, the Institute will host visiting scholars throughout the year and hold an annual conference for this research community to stimulate interaction between researchers in this field.
Financial support for the Initiative has been provided by the Charles Koch Foundation, The Kilts Family Foundation, The Thomas W. Smith Foundation, Pfizer Inc, and James H. Schloemer, MBA '83.
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