Applied Econometrics and Health SS 2020

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Reyn van Ewijk
ID-Number: 03.897.3280
Contact Time: 4 SWS lecture
Credits: ECTS: 6 ( 3 + 3)
Time/Place of lecture: Thu., 8:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. / 02 455 P206
First Lecture: 30.04.2020
Grade: Written exam


Update April 23rd, 2020:

In this course we are using the platform Moodle (instead of Ilias). You will have received an email on your email-address on April 22nd which explains the organizational details of the course. Updates will follow via Moodle and/or your email-address: please check both regularly.

Stata introduction

The course starts with Stata introductory tutorials held by Dr. Constantin Weiser. Since we will be using Stata throughout the course, it is essential that students actively take part in these Stata introductory tutorials.

The mode for the Stata-introduction has switched to an online-course. All materials could be found at ILIAS

The schedule is also adapted:

  • kickoff video (available from 21. Apr.)
  • self-study material
  • online consultation via ILIAS-forum and e-mail von 22. + 23. Apr. (10:00-16:00)
  • homework has to submitted via ILIAS-quiz until 23. , 18:00
  • presentation of the solution and outlook via video (available from 24. )

If an problem occurs please write an e-mail to (subject:  Stata-Course)


The course Applied Econometrics and Health

The course Applied Econometrics and Health itself starts in the week after the Stata introduction. For organizational details, please see the communication you have received by email and Moodle. Please note that parts of the course are still “under construction” and that updates will follow.


Course Content

This course has two goals:

  1. Students will learn about commonly used econometric methods such as Instrumental Variables and Regression Discontinuities.
  2. Students will learn about a number of important topics in the field of health economics. For example:
  3. The economics of unhealthy lifestyles such as smoking and obesity: Here we try to answer the question why people do things that are harmful to them. And should the government intervene when people behave unhealthily? And how?
  4. The economics of the welfare state: Why do we have pension systems and unemployment insurance? What are reasons for government intervention?
  5. The health care system: Why do costs continue to rise in our health care system? How can we manage to limit these cost increases?

There is a close link between the content-related goal and the methods-related goal, as students will learn how these methods are used to answer the content-based questions. Students will read and discuss scientific articles that use econometric techniques in the field of health economics. And students will apply these techniques themselves using the statistical program Stata to answer questions in the field of health economics.


  • Stock JH, Watson MM. (2015). Introduction to Econometrics. Updated 3rd edition. Pearson.
  • Scientific articles (will be made available via Moodle)
  • Other literature on econometric methods (will be made available via Moodle)