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CINCH - Health Economics Research Center

Monday Health Economics Seminar


On Monday October 16, 2017, 14:00 - 15:30 Wanda Mimra (ETH Zürich) will present:

(Non)exclusive Contracting under Adverse Selection: An Experiment

The performance of markets with hidden information is of central importance in microeconomic theory. We present the results of a comprehensive experiment that distinguishes between the two fundamental forms of hidden information, private and common values, in different contracting environments. Contracting environments vary in terms of the market power that the screening market side has over the trades of its privately informed customers, ranging from monopoly to nonexclusive competition. Nonexclusivity of contracts is a reality in many important markets with information problems such as life insurance and health insurance markets. The degree of equilibrium play we find is striking, particularly in the complex cases of common values. Under private values, competition ensures efficient trades. Under common values, low-type buyers are to a large extent excluded under nonexclusive competition, whereas such types’ trades are only distorted under exclusive competition. This leads to a significantly higher market surplus under exclusive competition in comparison to nonexclusive competition under common values.

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: “Mental Health, Human Capital and Labor Market Outcomes” by Christopher Cronin, Matthew Forsstrom, and Nicholas Papageorge.

There are two primary treatment alternatives available to those with mild to moderate depression or anxiety: psychotherapy and medication. The medical literature and our analysis suggests that in many cases psychotherapy, or a combination of therapy and medication, is more curative than medication alone. However, few individuals choose to use psychotherapy. We develop and estimate a dynamic model in which individuals make sequential medical treatment and labor supply decisions while jointly managing mental health and human capital. The results shed light on the relative importance of several drawbacks to psychotherapy that explain patients' reluctance to use it: (1) therapy has high time costs, which vary with an individual's opportunity cost of time and flexibility of the work schedule; (2) therapy is less standardized than medication, which results in uncertainty about its productivity for a given individual; and (3) therapy is expensive. The estimated model is used to simulate the impacts of counterfactual policies that alter the costs associated with psychotherapy.   

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Monday Health Economics Seminar


On Monday October 09, 2017, 14:00 - 15:30 Anton Nilsson (Aahrus) will present:

Short- and Long-term Effects of Adolescent Alcohol Access: Evidence from Denmark

We exploit changes in minimum legal alcohol purchasing ages in Denmark in order to estimate effects on short- and long-term health-related outcomes, as well as on human capital formation. Using a difference-in-differences approach we bring comprehensive evidence on the effects of three reforms, which affected alcohol availability along different dimensions and margins – 1) establishing an off-premise alcohol purchase age of 15 (1998), 2) raising the off-premise alcohol purchase age to 16 (2004), and 3) increasing the purchase age of beverages exceeding 16.5% in alcohol content from 16 to 18 (2011). Our findings show significant short-term effects on injuries and, although power is lower, indications of substantial effects on alcohol poisonings and intoxications. In the longer term, our results indicate that being able to buy alcohol before age 15 increases injuries and alcohol-related hospitalizations in late teenage years and increases sick days in young adulthood. The effects on educational attainment are insignificant once age-specific time trends are accounted for.

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

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