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Economic epidemiology and infectious diseases

Tomas Philipson ()

Chapter 33 in Handbook of Health Economics, 2000, vol. 1, pp 1761-1799 from Elsevier

Abstract: Infectious diseases are is currently the main cause of mortality in the world and have 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.

JEL-codes: I1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2000
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