Podcast episode Jul 30, 2020

Episode 16: How to Price a Vaccine?

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Katherine Baicker, Richard Thaler
Under both pandemic and economic stress, how will the market perform when it comes to...
Topics:  COVID-19, Health care
Research Brief

Does One Medicare Fit All? The Economics of Uniform Health Insurance Benefits

When politicians and policymakers worry about the cost of health care, the affordability of prescription medications is often front and center. Given the present focus on prescription drug costs, it may surprise some readers to learn that medications were not included in the original Medicare program enacted in 1965; there were not enough expensive drug treatments to concern policymakers. Indeed, it was nearly 40 years until drug benefits were finally included in Medicare coverage in 2006.
Topics:  Health care
Research Brief

Spillover Impacts on Education from Employment Guarantees and Educational Investment Responses to Economic Opportunity: Evidence from Indian Road Construction

For most young people and their parents who live in high-income countries, the decision to attend school is an easy one. School is universally available and free through high school, schooling is mandatory through the age of 16, and most jobs require at least a high school degree. Dropping out of school all but ensures a lifetime of relatively low income.
Topics:  Early Childhood Education, Economic Mobility & Poverty, Employment & Wages, Health care, K-12 Education
Research Brief

Encouraging Healthy Habits to Decrease the Burden of Diabetes

Rebecca Dizon-Ross, Shilpa Aggarwal, Ariel Zucker
The rate of diabetes and hypertension among adults in India has grown at alarming rates in recent years, with diabetes increasing ten-fold rate over the preceding three decades. In particular, 10.4 percent of adults in the state of Tamil Nadu are diabetic or pre- diabetic, and 27 percent have hypertension, according to 2014 estimates (Anjana 2011, Must et al. 2014). These disease rates not only place a heavy burden on patients and families, but their growing incidence also adds tremendous costs for health care providers and the government.
Topics:  Health care

Geographic Targeting of Television Antidepressant Advertising in Ohio

People who view different ads for certain prescription drugs will request those drugs from their...
Topics:  Health care, Industrial Organization

Estimating Equilibrium in Health Insurance Exchanges: Price Competition and Subsidy Design under the ACA

When all participants in a health plan are required to pay the same (relatively high)...
Topics:  Health care

Discussion Section with Kevin Murphy, Featuring Anup Malani

Kevin Murphy, Anup Malani
Kevin Murphy talks with Anup Malani, the Lee and Brena Freeman Professor at the University of Chicago Law School and a Professor at the Pritzker School of Medicine, about his recent work on risk and health, drugs and patent protection, Obamacare and more.
Topics:  Health care
Research Highlight

Promoting Wellness or Waste? Evidence from Antidepressant Advertising

Brad Shapiro
If you have watched television at all in recent years you have probably noticed advertising for antidepressant medication. The commercials typically begin by describing symptoms that viewers may experience and suggesting that they might be suffering from depression, without even knowing it. At the end, interested viewers are told to ask their doctors about a certain drug that could provide help.
Topics:  Health care