ECON 3710

ECON 3710

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2023-2024.

Risky health behaviors such as cigarette smoking, alcohol abuse, risky sex, drug use, poor diet and physical inactivity (leading to obesity), and self-harm are responsible for hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths and impose billions of dollars in medical care costs each year in the United States. This course teaches the economic approach to studying risky health behaviors. The research literature on the economic causes and correlates of risky health behaviors will be studied in detail. Numerous policies to modify risky health behaviors, such as the minimum legal drinking age and recreational marijuana use laws, will be debated in class. A policy wargame is conducted, with students creating advertisements, giving oral presentations, and lobbying policymakers to advocate a specific policy position.  

When Offered Spring.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: PUBPOL 2000 or ECON 3030 and PUBPOL 3100, ECON 3120 or ECON 3140.

Distribution Category (SBA-AS, SSC-AS)
Course Attribute (CU-UGR)

  • Discuss the economic approach to studying a wide variety of risky health behaviors.
  • Develop oral and written communication skills.

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: PUBPOL 4280PUBPOL 5290

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 19231 ECON 3710   LEC 080

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Taught in Washington, DC.