Conducting a literature review for your research paper will involve you in listening in on the scholarly conversation around your topic. You can join the conversation with the textbook readings or required articles. To listen more closely to the conversation you need to read cited sources. Use the Journal Finder too, Articles and more tab on the library home page or one of the recommended article databases to get full text. Don't despair if we don't have full text in our collection, use the "get a scan" button and the article will usually be delivered in a day or two at the most.
If you are excited about a health topic not directly covered by course readings, get started by doing a literature search in the recommended article databases
Health Care Economics Article Databases
EconLit with Full Text (EBSCO)
Citations and abstracts of journal articles, books, working papers and dissertations from 1969 to present based on the Journal of Economic Literature's subject classification. This enhanced version of EconLit includes the full text of all AEA journals and roughly 600 other scholarly journals. Google Scholar
Medline (Web of Science, Thomson Reuters)
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Scholar search tips
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Tips on Finding Data
There are two common paths for finding data for an econometric study. You can browse and search the recommended data and statistical sites for variables and indicators of interest, or you can find promising data sources used by other scholars and identified, typically in the methods or data section of research articles.
Some data is public, free and unrestricted, whereas some is only available to subscribers or restricted to authorized users. The library can help you determine if we have access to what you want.
Often researchers find the perfect data or variable, but it is not immediately available in the desired format, unit or level of granularity. The library can help you find out if what you want is obtainable.
Working with data can be time consuming. Get started on it as soon as possible!!
Best for Finding Statistics & Datasets
Health Services Research Information Central
Database from the National Library of Medicine of statistics, surveys, and data repositories by topic and geographic coverage.
Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
Not just social and political data, but health related as well.
Brings together statistics from a governmental and private sources related to many topics including health.
Institute of Health Economics, Health Statistics Database
International index to public health statistics and surveys from Canadian nonprofit. Also has a database of health economics literature.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation DataHub
State level health related data with visualization tools and pointers to data sources. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is a nonprofit whose mission is to improve health in part through public policy research. RWJF was initially funded by the founder of Johnson & Johnson
State Health Facts (Kaiser Family Foundation)
Great place to browse many state based health indicators, but you many need to read the fine print to go to the original source to get full data sets usable for empirical analysis. Kaiser Family Foundation does original surveys and studies on national health policy too.
Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care
Tables and maps derived from Medicare data covering a variety of topics including reimbursement, end of life care, children's care and cancer screening to name a few by region and hospital.
Statistical Insight (ProQuest)
Index to statistics on all manner of topics. Some full text reports provided, but does not typically provide access to data formatted for statistical analysis. Not a top pick, but still useful as a finding tool.
Direct Access to Data or Statistics
Community Health Data Base (CHDB)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Data & Statistics
For those who prefer their data locally sourced, this site provides access to Southeastern Pennsylvania Household Health Surveys.ONLY AVAILABLE to the Villanova Community. For the ID and Password access this document
Data, reports and tools covering diseases and health monitored by the CDC
Integrated Public Use Microdata Series Current Population Survey
Get harmonized Current Population Survey data from 1962 forward. On the person level, variables related to disabilities, health insurance, tobacco use and fertility may be cross tabulated with a host of other demographic variables.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (HHS)
Source for the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey and the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. Spans infographcs, statistical reports and survey microdata.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services data on hospitals, hospices, rehabilitation facilities and others.
Economic Research Initiative on the Uninsured
Exhaustive list of public data sets with variables related to health insurance status. Doesn't host the data, but also has a nice database of articles on the uninsured. Hosted by University of Michigan and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
Data sets from public opinion polls. Some related to health
Health and Retirement Study, Univ. Michigan
Longitudinal study funded by the National Institute on Aging and the Social Security Administration.
Health and Medical Care Archive
Data archive of studies funded by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. Subset of data discoverable in ICPSR.
Public data sets generated by the Food & Drug Administration related to Drugs, Devices and Foods.
Collection of data sets generated by local, state and federal agencies related to health.
Harmonized statistics on national health indicators
Global Health Observatory (GHO) data
From the World Health Organization (WHO), this resource includes a data repository, reports, country statistics and a map gallery.
Health Care Industries
Firms and trade and professional associations in the health care industry both generate and consume economic analyses of health care. The industry reports listed below provide an introduction to the operating conditions, trends and competitive forces at play in health care. They also list trade and professional associations which often post policy papers, data and relevant research.
HC Industry Reports
First Research Industry Profiles
"First Research provides industry profiles covering over 1000 industry segments. First Research industry profiles contain critical analysis, statistics and forecasts to help your engage key prospects, coach key clients, and deepen customer relationships" Each report includes conversation starters. IBIS World
U.S. and global industry market research reports. NetAdvantage (Standard & Poor's, Capital IQ)
Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage is a comprehensive, professional source of proprietary analysis on industry trends, corporate activities, and investments. For non-business students, the service includes a Financial Education section with tools for understanding personal finance. D&B Global Business Browser (formerly Onesource/Avention)
Offers public and private company profiles and screener, industry market research reports from Marketline, Freedonia, Euromonitor and RMA updated with recent news, executive profiles and analyst reports.