York Publishing, 2012. — 418 p. The Humble Economist is an outstanding collection of the most important essays by Prof Tony Culyer, a founding father of health economics. It distils a powerful set of ideas that have profoundly influenced health policy and decision making, and shows how reason and evidence can be used to improve decision making in any area of social policy. Prof Culyer’s twenty-one short essays are divided into five themes: the appropriate role of social scientists in informing decision making; the concept of “extra-welfarism”, among his most important contributions to economics; the role of ethics in decision making, particularly the concepts of “need” and “ equity”; defining and achieving health policy objectives; and measurement, social value judgments and decision making in health technology assessment. The essays are written to be easily accessible to a general audience.
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