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EC4403   Health and Education

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

This module explores economic perspectives on health and education. After introducing human capital theory, we will use this lens to examine the decision to invest in schooling and review empirical estimates of the returns to education. We will also consider policy interventions to improve education. In the second part of the course we will study the demand and supply of health services, paying particular attention to the issues surrounding public and private health insurance. We will also discuss public intervention directed at health behaviours. The module will conclude by examining the joint production of health and education, with a focus on early childhood.

Relationship to other modules

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take EC4603

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 20 hours of lectures over 11 weeks, 1-hour tutorial (x 5 weeks) plus 1 office hour (x 15 weeks).

Scheduled learning hours: 25

Guided independent study hours: 175

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework (incl. Class Test 25%) = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 75%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 25%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr M A Leighton
Module teaching staff: Dr M Leighton