The Health Sector and the Economy conference brought faculty, research professionals, and students together to explore health care issues, from the opioid epidemic to patient-centered care to health innov
Do patients follow prescribed medical treatment more closely when a pharmacy opens in their neighborhood? How do hospitals respond to performance-based incentives to improve the quality of care?
The availability of large, easily accessible datasets allows ready economic analysis of the healthcare sector today.
Price theory combines theoretical and empirical analysis to better understand economic decision-making. This powerful tool is an essential approach for examining health and the function of health care markets and policies.
When the government denies disability benefits to applicants who are married, spouses step up and earn more. But single individuals saw their incomes decline, managing to earn back only a small share of the denied benefit.
What is the best way to improve access to healthcare in poorer parts of the world? Will people value and utilize free insurance the same way they would a cash payment?
Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers can no longer deny or price medical coverage based on pre-existing conditions. This offers enormous benefits to those who could not obtain or afford adequate coverage—and potentially enormous risks to health insurance markets.
We consider the welfare consequences of nudges to encourage exercise habit formation. We analyze a randomized trial of nudged exercise commitment contracts using a time 8 inconsistent intertemporal utility maximization model of the demand for exercise. Our empirical analysis shows that people who are interested in exercise commitment contracts choose longer contracts when nudged to do so, are then more likely to meet their pre8 stated exercise goals, and to sign subsequent contracts.