The Heart of Teaching Economics
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The Heart of Teaching Economics

Lessons from Leading Minds

Simon W. Bowmaker

This unique monograph comprises a collection of interviews conducted face-to-face with leading economists at universities throughout the United States. Presented with the singular opportunity to reflect on and share their wisdom and experience, the 21 interviewees discuss how they interpret, understand and practice their role as teachers. In addition to providing lessons that will inform the way others teach, the interviews shatter the illusion that teaching and research are strictly independent and competing activities.
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Chapter 15: Health Economics

David Cutler


David Cutler David Cutler was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1965 and graduated with an AB in economics from Harvard University in 1987 before obtaining a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991. Professor Cutler joined Harvard University as an Assistant Professor of Economics in 1991 and has remained there ever since, currently serving as the Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics in the Department of Economics and Kennedy School of Government. At Harvard, Professor Cutler teaches an undergraduate course in The Business and Politics of Health and a graduate course in Public Sector Economics. His teaching awards include, the 2004 John Eisenberg Mentoring Award from the Agency for Health Care Quality and Research and the 1999 Outstanding Mentor Award from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Professor Cutler’s research interests are health economics and public economics. His articles have appeared in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies and Journal of Health Economics, among others. His books include, Your Money or Your Life: Strong Medicine for America’s Health Care System (Oxford University Press, 2004) and Medical Care Output and Productivity (University of Chicago Press, 2001), co-edited with Ernst Berndt. Professor Cutler has also been active in public policy, serving as a Senior 267 M2372 - BOWMAKER TEXT.indd 267 29/9/10 11:36:37 268 The heart of teaching economics Staff Economist on the Council of Economic Advisers and Director of the National Economic Council during the Clinton Administration, and...

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