Encyclopedia of Health Economics

1st Edition

Editor-in-Chiefs: A J. Culyer
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123756787
eBook ISBN: 9780123756794
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 24th March 2014
Page Count: 1664

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The Encyclopedia of Health Economics offers students, researchers and policymakers objective and detailed empirical analysis and clear reviews of current theories and polices. It helps practitioners such as health care managers and planners by providing accessible overviews into the broad field of health economics, including the economics of designing health service finance and delivery and the economics of public and population health. This encyclopedia provides an organized overview of this diverse field, providing one trusted source for up-to-date research and analysis of this highly charged and fast-moving subject area.

Key Features

  • Features research-driven articles that are objective, better-crafted, and more detailed than is currently available in journals and handbooks
  • Combines insights and scholarship across the breadth of health economics, where theory and empirical work increasingly come from non-economists
  • Provides overviews of key policies, theories and programs in easy-to-understand language


Students, researchers, and policy makers in health and related fields, in business, government, and academia

Table of Contents

  • Editor-in-Chief
  • Section Editors
  • Preface

    • What Do Health Economists Do?
    • ... And How Do They Do It?
    • A Schematic of Health Economics
    • A Word on Textbooks
    • Acknowledgments
    • Further Reading
  • Permission Acknowledgments
  • Demand for Health and Health Care

    • Collective Purchasing of Health Care

      • Collective Purchasing of Health-Care Inputs
      • Collective Purchasing of Health Insurance
      • Collective Purchasing of Health-Care Treatments: The Role of Insurers
      • Summary
      • See also
      • References
      • Further Reading
    • Demand Cross Elasticities and ‘Offset Effects’

      • Abstract
      • Glossary
      • Introduction
      • Empirical Literature Cross Elasticities
      • A Model of Offsets in Health Insurance
      • Rule for Welfare Effects
      • A Simple Rule for When Offsets Increase Welfare
      • Final Comments
      • See also
      • References
      • Further Reading
    • Demand for Insurance That Nudges Demand

      • Abstract
      • Introduction
      • The Core Model
      • The Setting and the Behavioral Model
      • Deviations from Optimality
      • The Gain from ‘Nudging’
      • Modeling Deviation
      • The Best Case for Voluntary Value-Based Cost Sharing: Positive Insured Cost Offsets
      • A Good Case for Voluntary Value-Based Cost Sharing: The Consumer Looking to the Future Seeks to Control His Irrational Current Self
      • Better Information as the Solution
      • The Cost of Bother
      • Perception of Nonmonetary Cost
      • Other Threats: Heterogeneity
      • The Mixed Case
      • Focus Group Evidence
      • Solutions
      • See also
      • References
    • Education and Health: Disentangling Causal Relationships from Associations

      • Abstract
      • Glossary
      • Introduc


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About the Editor-in-Chief

A J. Culyer

Tony Culyer is Ontario Research Professor of Health Policy & System Design in the faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto (Canada) and a professor of economics at the University of York (England). He is a founding father of health economics. He was founding co-editor of the Journal of Health Economics and the founding Organiser of the (UK) Health Economists’ Study Group, the first of its kind anywhere). He was, from its creation in 1999 until 2003, Vice Chair of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and is chair of NICE International’s Advisory Committee. He has been a member of or chaired many UK National Health Service committees (especially those to do with research) and trusts and was responsible for the 1994 report that led to the redesign of the NHS's system for supporting R&D. He is chair of the Office of Health Economics in London (England). For many years he was chair of the Department of Economics & Related Studies at the University of York (England) and, for six of them, was also deputy vice-chancellor of the university, with special responsibility for the University’s research infrastructure and performance. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of a new on-line Encyclopaedia of Health Economics. His Canadian connections include having been Chief Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto and chair of the Toronto-based Workplace Safety & Insurance Board’s Research Advisory Council. He is a board member of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) and has served on several Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care committees. Dr Culyer has published around 300 articles in various books and scholarly journals and he has written or edited 33 books. A collection of his essays, called The Humble Economist, edited by Karl Claxton and Richard Cookson, was published in 2012 (University of York & Office of Health Economics) and is now available on-line free of charge. He is a founding Fellow

Affiliations and Expertise

University of York, York, UK


The ...volumes have many strengths. They will be comprehensive, up to date, and linked to web sites with additional information. The papers to be included will be readable and therefore accessible to a wide audience. The plans to have more than one paper on the same subject and to include all schools of thought are especially appealing. The volume has in my view no weaknesses. --Michael Grossman, National Bureau of Economic Research, USA