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Montags Seminar

16.01.2018

Am Montag den 22 Januar, 2018, 14:00 - 15:30 wird Ieva Sriubaite (CINCH) ihre Forschung vorstellen:

Go your own way? The importance of environment in the formation of physician practice styles

Variations in regional health care expenditures are sometimes attributed to discretion in physician’s treatment decisions. It is less clear how such discretion translates into changes in quality of care. This paper contributes to the recent literature on provider practice styles by studying the extent to which treatment heterogeneity arise from physician and environment-specific factors, respectively, and relate this to changes in patient outcomes. We adapt an empirical approach similar to that of Molitor (2016), exploiting cardiologist migration across hospital regions in the US, and use administrative data on all coronary catheterization procedures performed in Swedish hospitals 2004-2015, together with detailed information on patients’ clinical health. Results indicate that cardiologists rapidly and strongly adapt their treatment style to the new environment after relocating. This effect appears to be mainly driven by peers. Furthermore, we find no indication that the changes in practice style have important effects on the quality of care.

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

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Montags Seminar

02.01.2018

Am Montag den 08 Januar, 2018, 14:00 - 15:30 wird Dr. Adam Pilny (RWI Essen) seine Forschung vorstellen:

Are Doctors the Better Health Ministers? – The Limits of Technocracy

Technocratic governments are often assumed to outperform partisan politicians because professionals can rely on expertise and independence. Technocracy however has a downside that is too frequently overlooked: Technocrats are aligned with professions, which heavily seek for rents. We assess the effects of professionals in government on economic outcomes. We exploit self-compiled biographical data of German state health ministers between 1955 and 2015 who enjoy great autonomy in designing hospital policy. Our results show that total factor productivity (TFP) growth in hospital care substantially slows down when medical doctors become health ministers. We can link this to in-group favoritism: Doctors serving as health ministers increase total hospital employment, and the number of doctors in particular, but hospital outputs and capital inputs do not change. We conclude that technocrats tend to gratify their profession, which hampers innovation, efficiency and growth.

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

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Montags Seminar

12.12.2017

Am Montag dem 18 Dezember, 2017, 14:00 - 15:30 wird Gregor Pfeifer (Hohenheim) seine Forschung vorstellen:

Goodbye Smokers’ Corner: Health Effects of School Smoking Bans

We study the impact of school smoking bans on individual health behavior in Germany. Using a multiple difference-in-differences approach combined with randomization inference, we find that the propensity towards smoking reduces by 14-21 percent, while the number of smoked cigarettes per day decreases by 7-25 percent. After elaborating on treatment effect heterogeneity and intensity, we evaluate spillovers to other health behavior of the treated individual and to smoking behavior of non-treated persons living in the same household.

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

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