241587 Mechanisms of Legal Effect: Perspectives from Economics

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 8:30 AM

Frank Chaloupka, PhD , Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Economic principles have historically been used in public health policy to drive individual and organizational behaviors. Price modification through the use of taxes, fees and subsidies has been employed by policymakers to modify health behaviors from tobacco and alcohol consumption to diet. Economic levers have also been used to modify organizational practices to promote public health. The presentation will review key concepts drawn from economic theory, and provide examples from existing research on the impact of economic interventions in shaping environments and influencing behaviors that then affect population health.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Review examples of existing research studies which employ economic theory to examine questions of public health law. Discuss the benefits of using economic theory to evaluate existing legal interventions and develop new legal tools to impact health behavior.

Keywords: Law, Theory

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