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Does Privatized Health Insurance Benefit Patients or Producers? Evidence from Medicare Advantage

From Marika Cabral, Michael Geruso, and Neale Mahoney: The debate over privatizing Medicare stems from a fundamental disagreement about whether privatization would primarily generate consumer surplus for individuals or producer surplus for insurance companies and health care providers. This paper investigates … Continue reading

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Public Insurance and Mortality: Evidence from Medicaid Implementation

From Andrew Goodman-Bacon: This paper provides new evidence that Medicaid’s introduction reduced mortality rates among nonwhite infants and children in the 1960s and 1970s. Medicaid required states to cover all cash welfare recipients, which induced substantial cross-state variation in the share … Continue reading

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Health Insurance for “Humans”: Information Frictions, Plan Choice, and Consumer Welfare

From Ben Handel and Jonathan Kolstad: Traditional models of insurance choice are predicated on fully informed and rational consumers protecting themselves from exposure to financial risk.  In practice, choosing an insurance plan from a set of complex non-linear contracts is a complicated decision often made … Continue reading

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The Impact of Sustained Exposure to Air Pollution on Life Expectancy

The NYTimes recently covered an interesting study from Michael Greenstone et al.   Southern Chinese on average have lived at least five years longer than their northern counterparts in recent decades because of the destructive health effects of pollution from the … Continue reading

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