Faculty and Staff
Health Economics is the study of how resources are allocated to and within the market for health care. It combines the study of health as it relates to economics and the study of economics as it relates to health. The Economics Department at UNC-CH joins only a handful who have a field in Health Economics and two professors who have main research interests in health. A description of the faculty, the Health Economics field, our resources at UNC-CH, and our students is provided below.
John S. Akin, Ph.D., Austin H. Carr Professor of Economics and Adjunct Professor of Health Policy and Administration, has primary interests in health economics and health care finance, especially with respect to developing countries. He and his colleagues have done extensive analysis of demand for health services and health insurance in the developing countries of the world.
Donna Gilleskie, Associate Professor of Economics is a health economist whose research focuses on the health insurance and medical care utilization decisions of individuals and how these decisions impact health and employment issues. She is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Dr. Gilleskie received teh Kenneth Arrow Award for the best published article worldwide on health economics in 1998.
Other Triangle Health Economists
Frank Sloan is the J. Alexander McMahon Professor of Health Policy and Management and Professor of Economics at Duke University since 1993. He is also the Director of the Center for Health Policy, Law and Management at Duke that originated in 1998. His current research interests include alcohol use prevention, long-term care, medical malpractice, and cost-effectiveness analyses of medical technologies. Professor Sloan also has a long-standing interest in hospitals, health care financing, and health manpower.
Triangle Health Economics Workshop
About every two weeks we have a workshop with area health economists in which we discuss leading working papers in the field, call the authors on a speaker phone, or bring authors in for seminars. UNC Economics students do not register for or receive credit for attending the seminar, but are stongly encouraged to attend and participate. A description of the workshop can be found at: http://www.sph.unc.edu/hpaa/events/hpaa278/hpaa278.html
Requirements of the Health Economics Field at UNC
Course Description of Class at Duke University