Michael Cooper (economist)

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Michael H. Cooper
Born 1938
Nationality New Zealand
Occupation Economist

Michael H. (Mike) Cooper OBE (1938 – 2017) was a British economist and one of the first to develop the field of health economics in the 1960s. He died 15th July 2017 at his home in Martinborough.


Cooper took a position as senior chair in economics at the University of Otago in 1976, where he established the university's first health economics class.[1] He worked at the university for 18 years, becoming pro vice-chancellor.[2] He chaired the Otago Area Health Board.[3] In 1994, he was awarded an OBE.[4]

Selected publications[edit]

  • The Price of Blood. The Institute of Economic Affairs, 1968
  • Rationing Health Care. Croom Helm, 1975


  1. ^ Topham-Kindley, Liane (2 August 2017). "Michael Cooper, NZ's father of health economics, understood primary care".
  2. ^ "Two Economists: W. J Baumol (1922-2017) and M. H. Cooper (1938-2017) | Pundit". www.pundit.co.nz. Retrieved 2017-11-06.
  3. ^ "Economics – science, art or business?". University of Otago 1869-2019. 2015-10-11. Retrieved 2017-11-06.
  4. ^ Sinclair, Kay (14 Oct 2017). "Economics professor shining star in health arena". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 18 Nov 2017.