Does the Marginal Hospitalization Save Lives? The Case of Respiratory Admissions for the Elderly

from Health Economics at http://bit.ly/38s2y1k on January 20, 2020 at 09:43PM Some commentators estimate that up to a third of U.S. medical spending may be wasted. This study focuses on the decision to hospitalize elderly Medicare patients who present at the emergency room (ER) with respiratory conditions. Failing to hospitalize sick patients could have dire […]

The Negative Consequences of Loss-Framed Performance Incentives

from Health Economics at http://bit.ly/2REOqLs on January 20, 2020 at 09:43PM Behavioral economists have proposed that loss-averse employees increase productivity when bonuses are "loss framed"—prepaid then clawed back if targets are unmet. We theoretically document that loss framing raises incentives for costly risk mitigation and for inefficient multitasking, potentially leading to large negative performance effects. […]

Mosquito-Borne Disease and Newborn Health

from Health Economics at http://bit.ly/367k5dO on January 20, 2020 at 09:43PM While mosquito-borne diseases are currently most prevalent in mid-latitude countries, rising global temperatures are expanding their range. This paper investigates whether one such disease, dengue, harms newborns. Health at birth has been shown to impact economic outcomes throughout life. The empirical design exploits variation […]

Financial Consequences of Health Insurance: Evidence from the ACA’s Dependent Coverage Mandate

from Health Economics at http://bit.ly/38nkBWC on January 20, 2020 at 09:43PM We study the financial effects of health insurance for young adults using the Affordable Care Act’s dependent coverage mandate as a source of exogenous variation. Using nationally repre-sentative, anonymized credit report and publicly available survey data on medical expenditures, we exploit the mandate’s implementation […]