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Sam Watson

Health economics, statistics, and health services research at the University of Warwick. Also like rock climbing and making noise on the guitar.

Free to choose?: A comment on Gaynor, Propper, and Seiler (2016)

Free to choose? Reform, choice, and consideration sets in the English National Health Service. M Gaynor, C Propper, and S Seiler. 2016. American Economic Review [RePEc] Forthcoming The enhancement of patient choice about healthcare provider is a popular target for reform across many European… Read More »Free to choose?: A comment on Gaynor, Propper, and Seiler (2016)

Economic conditions and the health of babies. You won’t believe what the literature says!

  How do economic conditions affect a person’s health? We can think of three major mechanisms that researchers examine. Firstly, the absolute effect of wealth or income that affects your access to health-influencing goods and services such as healthcare, good… Read More »Economic conditions and the health of babies. You won’t believe what the literature says!

The ‘Weekend Effect’ (and what it means for research and policy)

Today, two new studies are published examining different aspects of the observed increase in the risk of mortality associated with weekend admission, the so-called ‘weekend effect’. In the first [disclaimer: I am an author of this], the results of a… Read More »The ‘Weekend Effect’ (and what it means for research and policy)