#HEJC papers for August 2013

Below is a list of recently published working papers and discussion papers from the field of health economics. If you’d like to discuss one of the papers for a #HEJC meeting, please complete the form at the bottom of the page. For more information about #HEJC, and to find out about the role of a discussant, click here.

  1. A Life-Cycle Model with Ambiguous Survival Beliefs, by Max Groneck, Alexander Ludwig and Alexander Zimper [RePEc]
  2. Adverse Selection and an Individual Mandate: When Theory Meets Practice, by Martin B. Hackmann, Jonathan T. Kolstad and Amanda E. Kowalski [RePEc]
  3. Are Publicly Financed Health Insurance Schemes Working in India?, by Shamika Ravi and Sofi Bergkvist
  4. Competition, prices, and quality in the market for physician consultations, by Hugh Gravelle, Anthony Scott, Peter Sivey and Jongsay Yong [RePEc]
  5. Death by Market Power: Reform, Competition and Patient Outcomes in the National Health Service, by Martin Gaynor, Rodrigo Moreno-Serra and Carol Propper [RePEc]
  6. Disease Control, Demographic Change and Institutional Development in Africa, by Margaret S. McMillan, William A. Masters and Harounan Kazianga [RePEc]
  7. Do Insurers Risk-Select Against Each Other? Evidence from Medicaid and Implications for Health Reform, by Ilyana Kuziemko, Katherine Meckel and Maya Rossin-Slater [RePEc]
  8. Does quality affect patients’ choice of doctor? Evidence from the UK, by Rita Santos, Hugh Gravelle and Carol Propper [RePEc]
  9. Economic Evaluation of Road Traffic Safety Measures, by Ejaz Gul [RePEc]
  10. Effects of Mental Health on Couple Relationship Status, by Nancy E. Reichman, Hope Corman and Kelly Noonan [RePEc]
  11. Elderly Healthcare in the Face of Budget Constraint, by Ricardo Perlingeiro
  12. Even One Is Too Much: The Economic Consequences of Being a Smoker, by Julie L. Hotchkiss and M. Melinda Pitts [RePEc]
  13. Evolving Choice Inconsistencies in Choice of Prescription Drug Insurance, by Jason Abaluck and Jonathan Gruber [RePEc]
  14. Food Prices and Body Fatness among Youths, by Michael Grossman, Erdal Tekin and Roy Wada [RePEc]
  15. Gender Differences in Preferences for Health-Related Absences from Work, by Daniel Avdic and Per Johansson [RePEc]
  16. Health inequity in Indonesia: is it declining?, by Pipit Pitriyan and Adiatma Y.M Siregar [RePEc]
  17. Healthcare Exceptionalism? Productivity and Allocation in the U.S. Healthcare Sector, by Amitabh Chandra, Amy Finkelstein, Adam Sacarny and Chad Syverson [RePEc]
  18. Informal Care and Caregiver’s Health, by Young Kyung DoEdward C. NortonSally Stearns and Courtney H. Van Houtven [RePEc]
  19. Introducing Activity-Based Payment in the Hospital Industry: Evidence from French Data, by Philippe Choné, Franck Evain, Lionel Wilner and Engin Yilmaz [RePEc]
  20. Long-Run Effect of Severe Economic Recessions: Drastic Changes in Working Hours and Male BMI Trajectories, by Olena Y. Nizalova and Edward C. Norton
  21. Nannying, nudging, rewarding? A discussion on the constraints and the degree of control over health status, by Christine le Clainche and Sandy Tubeuf
  22. NHS Productivity from 2004/5 to 2010/11, by Chris Bojke, Adriana Castelli, Katja Grasic, Andrew Street and Padraic Ward [RePEc]
  23. Physician Agency and Competition: Evidence from a Major Change to Medicare Chemotherapy Reimbursement Policy, by Mireille Jacobson, Tom Y. Chang, Joseph P. Newhouse and Craig C. Earle.
  24. Physicians Treating Physicians: Information and Incentives in Childbirth, by Erin M. Johnson and M. Marit Rehavi [RePEc]
  25. Religion and Risky Health Behaviors among U.S. Adolescents and Adults, by Jason Fletcher and Sanjeev Kumar [RePEc]
  26. Subcontracting Health Care Services: Lessons from Therapist Staffing in Skilled Nursing Facilities, by John R. Bowblis and Christopher Scott Brunt
  27. Successful Aging: A Cross-National Study of Subjective Well-Being Later in Life, by Julia Zelikova
  28. The Caloric Costs of Culture: Evidence from Indian Migrants, by David Atkin [RePEc]
  29. The Effect of College Education on Health, by Kasey Buckles, Andreas Hagemann, Ofer Malamud, Melinda S. Morrill and Abigail K. Wozniak [RePEc]
  30. The Effect of Medicaid Expansions in the Late 1980s and Early 1990s on the Labor Supply of Pregnant Women, by Dhaval M. Dave, Sandra L. Decker, Robert Kaestner and Kosali Ilayperuma Simon [RePEc]
  31. The Future of Health Economics: The Potential of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, by Fredrik Hansen, Anders Anell, Ulf-G Gerdtham and Carl Hampus Lyttkens [RePEc]
  32. The Influence of Child Care on Maternal Health and Mother-Child Interaction, by Alexandra Kröll and Rainald Borck [RePEc]
  33. To Drink or Not to Drink: The Microeconomic Analysis of Alcohol Consumption in Russia in 2006-2010, by Yana Roshchina
  34. Trends in Health, Education and Income in the United States, 1820-2000, by Hoyt Bleakley, Dora Costa and Adriana Lleras-Muney [RePEc]
  35. Who to pay for performance? The choice of organisational level for hospital performance incentives, by Søren Rud Kristensen, Mickael Bech and Jørgen Lauridsen [RePEc]

A(nother) new #HEJC format

In recent months attendance at the journal club has declined to zero, despite maintaining interest in the build-up. Here at AHE blog towers we don’t have the resources to promote #HEJC any more. Promotion is unlikely to make a difference anyway; the world of health economics is a relatively small one and it will always be difficult to satisfy enough people’s preferences regarding topics and timings. However, we still think a health economics journal club serves a purpose and know that people are interested. So, we are introducing a new format. This new format depends more on individuals (you) than on large numbers attending on a regular basis.

Here’s how it will work:

  1. On the first day of each month a list of recently published working papers and discussion papers will be posted. This will be accompanied by a call for discussants.
  2. Readers of the blog can volunteer to discuss a paper by completing the accompanying form. A discussant will be expected to write a short summary of the paper and a short discussion. The discussant will decide when the Twitter discussion will take place.
  3. The discussant’s submission will be posted on the blog one week in advance of the Twitter discussion.
  4. The Twitter discussion will take place in the same way as previously.

For more details, visit the updated #HEJC page.

#HEJC for 01/07/2013

This month’s meeting will take place Monday 1st July, at 5pm London time. That’ll be 6pm in Rotterdam and 7pm in Thessaloniki. Join the Facebook event here. We’ll also hold an antipodal meeting 12 hours later on Tuesday 2nd July, at 5am London time. That’ll be 11am in Bangkok and 4pm in Auckland. Join the Facebook event here. For more information about the Health Economics Twitter Journal Club and how to take part, click here.

The paper for discussion this month is a working paper published by the Tinbergen Institute. The authors are Supon Limwattananon and colleaguesThe title of the paper is:

“Universal coverage on a budget: impacts on health care utilization and out-of-pocket expenditures in Thailand”

Following the meeting, a transcript of the discussion can be downloaded here.

Links to the article

Direct: http://papers.tinbergen.nl/13067.pdf

RePEc: http://ideas.repec.org/p/dgr/uvatin/2013067.html

Other: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2265867

Summary of the paper

The authors estimate the impact on health care utilisation and out-of-pocket (OOP) expenditures of a
major reform in Thailand. The 2001 reform extended health insurance to one-quarter of the population – in effect achieving universal coverage – while keeping health spending below 4% of GDP. The authors use cross-sectional data from two nationally representative surveys. Implementing a difference-in-differences strategy, the authors compare changes in utilisation and OOP expenditure of groups to whom coverage was extended with those of public sector employees and their dependents whose coverage was not affected. The reform is estimated to have reduced the probability that a sick person goes without formal treatment by 3.2 percentage points (11%). It increased the probability of receiving public ambulatory care by 2.7 ppt (5%) and of admission to a public hospital by 1 ppt (18%). OOP expenditures were reduced by one-third on average, as was the probability of spending more than 10% of the household budget on health care, while spending at the very top of the OOP distribution was reduced by one-half representing substantial reductions in exposure to medical expenditure risk. The authors suggest that supply-side measures implemented with the coverage extension are likely to have helped produce these effects from an increased, but still very tight, budget.

Discussion points

  • Are the authors’ identification strategies satisfactory?
  • Is the number of data points sufficient?
  • Are the pre- and post-reform samples sufficiently comparable?
  • What are the implications of this work for the wider global movement towards universal coverage?

Missed the meeting? Add your thoughts on the paper in the comments below.