On Professor Kenneth Arrow PhD

The “Father” of Health Economics

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA, CMP™


Professor Kenneth Arrow is a Nobel laureate who explored the characteristics of a perfectly competitive marketplace for an ordinary commodity – and how the healthcare industry deviated from those characteristics – and what aspects of health care might explain these deviations.

But, in as much as he did all this in the 1960’s, he is known today as the “father” of health [not health care] economics. 

LINK: https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/economic-sciences/1972/arrow/facts/

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In fact, his 1963 paper launched health economics as a unique discipline and is as close to required reading as can exist for followers of the ME-P and our related websites and educational consulting firms [sidebar].


Arrow Title: “Uncertainty and the Welfare Economics of Medical Care”

Link: Arrow


Glossary: Dictionary of Health Economics and Finance

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3 Responses

  1. Uwe Reinhardt PhD on Ken Arrow

    Here are two links to health economist Uwe Reinhardt’s post on Kenneth Arrow PhD regarding the publication that launched health economics as a discipline; from Austin Frakt PhD at the Economix.



    Your comments are appreciated.

    Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA


  2. The Next Health Economy

    There is a growing view in U.S. healthcare circles that the industry is on the cusp of remarkable – perhaps even revolutionary – transformation.


    At a recent summit sponsored by the Altarum Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending, speaker after speaker returned to the theme that we are slowly but surely moving from a volume-based system (paying for stuff) to a value-based model (paying for results).

    Maybe Dr. Arrow was correct after all-lo these many years!



  3. Dr. Arrow’s Theory


    Dr. David E. Marcinko MBA


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