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Introduces public health and medical professionals to the economic analysis and modeling of infectious disease
Introduces economists to issues of epidemiology
Provides an introduction of social network analysis into the study of infectious disease
The book presents a basic introduction to epidemiology from the perspective of economics, using economic modeling to better understand and describe how infectious disease spreads. Three main elements are introduced: epidemiology, social network analysis, and the economics needed to model the behavior of individuals in the presence of infectious disease. The book aims to provide a starting point for discussion between medical professionals, social scientists and public health officials, the three groups interested in the spread of disease.