Principles of Health Economics for Developing CountriesBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7264.838/a (Published 30 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:838
- Matthew Jowett, research fellow
- Centre for Health Economics, University of York
World Bank Institute Development Studies, £20, pp 305 ISBN 0821345710
Health and economics have always been uneasy bedfellows, and both are currently in crisis. Britain's NHS, for example, is a poisoned chalice for politicians, whatever their affiliation. A recent article in the Economist suggested that economics as a discipline lacks pragmatism, with its obsessional search for general laws and overreliance on human rationality and mathematics.
William Jack's book adopts the orthodox economics approach, and is not for the uninitiated. Jack is clearly …