Unbiased Analysis of Today's Healthcare Issues

Is your state solvent?

That is the question that a new study by the Mercatus Center attempts to answer with their “Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition 2017 Edition.” They found that the most financially solvent states (from best to worst) are: 1. Florida 2. North Dakota 3. South Dakota 4. Utah 5. Wyoming Yet all is not perfect […]

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How useful are health rankings?

According to an HSR editorial by Stephan Arndt, the answer is not very.  Generally, county level health rankings are too variable to be of much use.  Further, while some metropolitan regions may have large sample sizes, the sample sizes in less densely populated rural counties will be far lower leading to less precise estimates of any […]

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Health Economics Resources: Leading Scholars, Institutions and Journals

Who are the leaders in the field of health economics? Below I list the top 10 health economics scholars, institutions and journals as ranked by a recent JHE article by Adam Wagstaff and Anthony J. Culyer. A more complete list is also available here. Top Health Economists David M. Cutler Jonathan Gruber Frank A. Sloan […]

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Does a Hospital’s Ranking Increase Patient Volume?

The US News and World Report has popular rankings for colleges, graduate schools and now hospitals.  Do patients actually decide to seek care at different hospitals based on these ratings?  Devin Pope attempts to answer this question in a recent Journal of Health Economics article (free draft). To determine whether or not this is the […]

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The Least Healthy States

America’s Health Ratings 2009 report ranks states according to overall healthiness.  Mississippi is the least healthy state and Vermont is the healthiest state.  The ranking methodology is available here. The following states are the least healthy (starting with the least healthy): Mississippi Oklahoma Alabama Louisiana South Carolina Nevada Tennessee Georgia West Virginia Kentucky The following […]

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Healthcare Economist ranked as a top 50 health blog

Wikio has their own ranking system of the top health blogs. The Healthcare Economist blog was ranked as #46 as of today.

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UCSD Economics Departmant Ranked #10

According to the U.S. News and World Report UC San Diego was ranked as the tenth best economics department in the U.S.

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