Author Archives: Health Economics Journal

Behind-the-Counter, but Over-the-Border? The Assessment of the Geographical Spillover Effects…

Abstract Washington was the first state to ease the prescription requirements making emergency contraception (EC) available behind-the-counter at pharmacies to women of any age in 1998.

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The Long-term Health Effects of Fetal Malnutrition: Evidence from the 1959–1961 China Great…

Abstract We report evidence of long-term adverse health impacts of fetal malnutrition exposure of middle-aged survivors of the 1959–1961 China Famine using data from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study.

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Doctor Competence and the Demand for Healthcare: Evidence from Rural China

Summary The agency problem between patients and doctors has long been emphasised in the health economics literature, but the empirical evidence on whether patients can evaluate and respond to better quality care remains mixed and inconclusive.

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Measuring Socioeconomic Inequality in Obesity: Looking Beyond the Obesity Threshold

Abstract We combine two of the most widely used measures in the inequality and poverty literature, the concentration index and Foster–Greer–Thorbecke metric to the analysis of socioeconomic inequality in obesity.

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Long-term Effects of Managed Care

Abstract Managed care (MC) plans have been introduced to curb the ever increasing health care costs.

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A Stated Preference Approach to Assess whether Health Status Impacts on Marginal Utility of…

Abstract A sample of Danish citizens (n = 2000) was asked to participate in a hypothetical experiment in which they could self-insure against a certain loss in income across two periods of time (one in which the person is in good health and one in which the person is in poorer health).

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Heterogeneous Effects of a Nonlinear Price Schedule for Outpatient Care

Summary Nonlinear price schedules generally have heterogeneous effects on health-care demand.

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Endogenous Technology Adoption and Medical Costs

Abstract Despite the claim that technology has been one of the most important drivers of healthcare spending growth over the past decades, technology variables are rarely introduced explicitly in cost equations.

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Calorie Labeling in Chain Restaurants and Body Weight: Evidence from New York

Abstract This study analyzes the impact of local mandatory calorie labeling laws implemented by New York jurisdictions on body weight.

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The Effect of Introducing a Minimum Price on the Distribution of Alcohol Purchase: A…

Summary We use counterfactual analysis techniques to evaluate the impact of a $2 minimum unit price (MUP) on the distribution of Australian (Victorian) household off-trade alcohol purchases.

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The Short-Run and Long-Run Effects of Birth Weight: Evidence from Large Samples of Siblings and…

Summary In this paper, we assemble five large administrative data sets in Taiwan to investigate the short-run and long-run effects of birth weight.

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The Effect of Medical Marijuana on Sickness Absence

Abstract Utilizing the Current Population Survey, the study identifies that absences due to sickness decline following the legalization of medical marijuana.

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The Income–Health Relationship Beyond the Mean’: New Evidence from Biomarkers

Abstract The relationship between income and health is one of the most explored topics in health economics but less is known about this relationship at different points of the health distribution.

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Does It Pay to Penalize Hospitals for Excess Readmissions? Intended and Unintended Consequences…

Summary To incentivize hospitals to provide better quality care at a lower cost, the Affordable Care Act of 2010 included the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), which reduces payments to hospitals with excess 30-day readmissions for Medicare patients treated for certain conditions.

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