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US health economists: who we are and what we do

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  • Michael A. Morrisey

    (Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, and Lister Hill Center for Health Policy, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA)

  • John Cawley

    (Department of Policy Analysis and Management, and Sloan Program in Health Administration, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA)

This paper reports the results of a Fall 2005 survey of US health economists, the first in over 18 years. Where appropriate, the results are compared with the earlier findings of Feldman and Morrisey (J. Health Politics Policy Law 1990; 15 (3):627-646). The paper describes the demographics and training of health economists. It also describes how employers view the substitutability between a Ph.D. in economics and a Ph.D. in health services research, which is a key question because self-identified health economists increasingly include health services researchers trained in schools of public health or medicine. This study also reports the expectations of various, employers of health economists regarding external grant and contract support. It also reports health economists' perceptions of the processes that allocate resources and recognition: promotion review, journal refereeing, and grant review. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Health Economics.

Volume (Year): 17 (2008)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 535-543

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Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:17:y:2008:i:4:p:535-543
DOI: 10.1002/hec.1314
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  1. Michael Morrisey & John Cawley, 2008. "The production of published research by U.S. academic health economists," International Journal of Health Economics and Management, Springer, vol. 8(2), pages 87-111, June.
  2. Cawley, John & Morrisey, Michael A., 2007. "The earnings of U.S. health economists," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 26(2), pages 358-372, March.
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