• Nicholas Graves
  • William Jarvis
  • Kate Halton


  • The aim of this chapter is to introduce the reader to economics.

  • The discipline of economics is defined and the objectives explained.

  • Six building blocks of economic theory are reviewed.

  • We believe that a good economic analysis of infection control should rest on strong foundations.


Opportunity Cost Scarce Resource Competitive Market Economic Efficiency Invisible Hand 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Queensland University of TechnologyInstitute of Health & Biomedical InnovationKelvin GroveAustralia
  2. 2.Hilton HeadUSA

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