Tagged: Public Health

Industry bad, public good - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Feb 27, 2015

So the official line seems to be that industry money always corrupts, but that public funding never does. Here's Otago's Jim Mann:As a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) nutrition advisory committee, Mann himself cannot accept funding or gifts of any kind from the commercial sector."I'm glad that while with WHO, I've been in a position where I've … Read More

Freedom of choice, but only for “responsible” choices - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jan 22, 2015

Freedom of speech is worthless if it's restricted to things that'll never offend anybody. Freedom of choice also requires that we be able to choose things other people think are dumb. Otherwise, what's the point? You might as well flip to a world where you're given a menu of permitted choices and where you're forced to pick one of them instead … Read More

Public health and market failures - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Oct 13, 2014

I'm not particularly worried about any large-scale Ebola outbreaks in the developed world. It's easier in the developed world to run effective quarantine and to track down those who might have been exposed to an infected and contagious person.That certainly doesn't mean Ebola isn't worth worrying about. The burden of Ebola in Africa looks likely to be huge. Even where … Read More

Opportunity costs: public health edition - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Oct 13, 2014

The whole of the Washington Post feature on Ebola is worth reading. This part in particular caught my notice though.In late July, with the epidemic roaring, Liu, the head of Doctors Without Borders (known internationally by its French name, Médecins Sans Frontières), requested a meeting with WHO Director-General Margaret Chan at the WHO's Geneva headquarters.Chan, an expert on the … Read More

Public Health and the Regulatory State - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jun 03, 2014

Pierre Lemieux points to the growing health regulatory state. The abstract:Public health has moved from the public good component of health to everything related to health and, then, to everything related to society. If we take public health in its wide, total, social sense, it presumably explains or justifies much of the regulatory state. Virtually all state activities contribute … Read More

Cars, phones, and dirigiste policy - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Oct 28, 2013

Here's public health specialist Nick Wilson on a potential measure to stop drivers from using their phones. But it is possible that there are other options to be explored, including ones that we canvas in the NZ Medical Journal piece. One of these options could be a requirement that all new cars imported into NZ (eg, from the year 2018) could … Read More