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What are the Welfare Gains of the Individual Mandate: Evidence from MA

From Martin Hackmann, Jonathan Kolstad, and Amanda Kowalski: We develop a model of selection that incorporates a key element of recent health reforms: an individual mandate. Using data from Massachusetts, we estimate the parameters of the model. In the individual market for … Continue reading

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Mandate-Based Health Reform and the Labor Market: Evidence from the Massachusetts Reform

From Jonathan Kolstad and Amanda Kowalski: We model the labor market impact of the three key provisions of the recent Massachusetts and national “mandate-based” health reforms: individual and employer mandates and expansions in publicly-subsidized coverage. Using our model, we characterize the … Continue reading

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Who Benefits when the Government Pays More? Pass-Through in the Medicare Advantage Program

From Mark Duggan, Amanda Starc, Boris Vabson: Governments contract with private firms to provide a wide range of services. While a large body of previous work has estimated the effects of that contracting, surprisingly little has investigated how those effects vary … Continue reading

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Insurer Competition and Negotiated Hospital Prices

From Kate Ho and Robin Lee: We measure the impact of increased health insurer competition on negotiated hospital prices using detailed 2004 California claims data. We develop a theoretical bargaining model to motivate our empirical analysis, and use the competitiveness … Continue reading

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MIT’s Heidi Williams Decodes Economics of Gene Sequencing

Here’s an interesting profile of Heidi Williams and her work on innovation in healthcare. HT: Marginal Revolution

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Physician Beliefs and Patient Preferences: A New Look at Regional Variation in Health Care Spending

From David Cutler, Jonathan Skinner, Ariel Dora Stern, and David Wennberg: There is considerable controversy about the causes of regional variations in healthcare expenditures. We use vignettes from patient and physician surveys, linked to Medicare expenditures at the level of … Continue reading

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The Response of Drug Expenditure to Contract Design in Medicare Part D

From Liran Einav, Amy Finkelstein, and Paul Schrimpf, We study the demand response to non-linear price schedules using data on insurance contacts and prescription drug claims in Medicare Part D. Consistent with static response of drug use to price, we document … Continue reading

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