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CINCH - Health Economics Research Center

Monday Health Economics Seminar


On Monday November 20, 2017, 14:00 - 15:30 Simon Reif (FAU) will present:

Is it good to be too light? Birth weight thresholds in hospital reimbursement systems

Birth weight manipulation is common in per-case hospital reimbursement systems, in which hospitals receive more money for otherwise equal newborns with birth weight just below compared to just above specific birth weight thresholds. As hospitals receive more money for cases with weight below the thresholds, having a (reported) weight below a threshold could benefit the newborn. Also, these reimbursement thresholds overlap with diagnostic thresholds that have been shown to affect the quantity and quality of care that newborns receive. Based on the universe of hospital births in Germany from the years 2005–2011, we investigate whether weight below reimbursement relevant thresholds triggers different quantity and quality of care. We find that this is not the case, suggesting that hospitals’ financial incentives with respect to birth weight do not directly impact the care that newborns receive.

Room: WST-C.02.11, Weststadttürme Berliner Platz 6-8, Essen

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New CINCH working paper


A new working paper has been added to the CINCH working paper series: “Fertility Effects of College Education: Evidence from the German Educational Expansion” by Daniel Kamhöfer and Matthias Westphal.

We estimate the effects of college education on female fertility – a so far understudied margin of education, which we instrument by arguably exogenous variation induced through college expansions. While college education reduces the probability of becoming a mother, college-educated mothers have slightly more children than mothers without a college education. Unfolding the effects by the timing of birth reveals a postponement that goes beyond the time in college – indicating a negative early-career effect on fertility. Coupled with higher labor-supply and wage returns for non-mothers as compared to mothers the timing effects moreover suggest that career and family are not fully compatible.

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Monday Health Economics Seminar


On Monday November 13, 2017, 14:00 - 15:30 Bora Kim (CINCH) will present:

Minimum wage and disability-related differentials in earnings in Germany

We investigate whether the German national minimum wage implemented on 1 January 2015 contributed to reducing disability-related wage gap (DG). Using the distribution regression, we compare DG at different points of the wage distribution between 2014 and 2015. Our result suggests that DG is widened in 2015, especially in middle and upper points of the distribution due to a larger wage growth among workers without disabilities. By exploiting counterfactual distributions, we find that the wider gap is mostly attributed to discriminatory factors that are not explained by heterogeneity in workers' job or personal characteristics. After restricting the disabled sample to those who possess severe disabilities, on the other hand, we observe up to 10 ppt reduction in the unexplained DG among the workers earning around the national MW, 8.5 euro per hour. A similar change is reported with respect to earnings of female workers with disabilities. These findings are presumably due to larger bites of the MW among these sub-groups of the disabled.

Room: WST-C.02.11, Weststadttürme Berliner Platz 6-8, Essen

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