• Unsustainable health economics

    If you’re the score-keeping type and a fan of health economics, you might like the recent paper by Adam Wagstaff and Anthony Culyer, titled “Four decades of health economics through a bibliometric lens.” (An ungated working paper pdf is here.) It includes lists of the top health economics papers (300 of them), health economists (100), journals (100), and institutions (100) , and more, all ranked by a publication/citation-based metric of influence, generated from a database of 33,000 papers in the field from 1969-2010. Unsurprisingly, neither I nor my work are on them. Not even close. However, I am proud to say that one of my frequent co-authors, Roger Feldman, is number 18 among health economists. See if you can guess who’s at the top of the list.

    Then there’s this frightening chart:

    This is clearly unsustainable! Something must be done to stop the exponential growth of health economics. Even our peer field, education economics, has lower growth. I can only shake my head in shame sarcasm.


    • Delish

      I found the word clouds on 61 and 62 fascinating:

      1980s: HOSPITAL and DEMAND big. Minimal in 2000s.

      2000s: Rise of EVIDENCE, MORTALITY, PATIENT and PUBLIC. PHYSICIAN shrinking. HOSPITAL off practically. COST- EFFECTIVENESS and COMPETITION surprisingly small.

      An interesting time capsule.

    • Dismal just dismal, what’s a social scientist to do?

    • It would be interesting to know which, if any, of those publications,or their abstracts, were read by someone in a position to influence policy.