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Nonlinear pricing and taxation complicate economic decisions by creating multiple marginal prices for the same good. This paper provides a framework to uncover consumers' perceived price of nonlinear price schedules. I exploit price variation at spatial discontinuities in electricity service areas, where households in the same city experience substantially(More)
1 Sample and variable construction 2 1.1 AMI cardiac catheterization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 1.1.1 Cardiologist catheterization rates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 1.1.2 HRR catheterization rates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 1.1.3 Hospital catheterization rates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(More)
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This paper merges weekly average temperature data from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center (NDCC) with Medicare claims data in order to analyze the impact of high and low temperatures on mortality, onset of new chronic conditions, and hospital spending. We find a U-shaped pattern to mortality, with high and low(More)
Adoption of new health care technologies is widely considered to be a key driver of both rising health costs and improved outcomes in the United States. This paper explores the diffusion of new cancer drugs by testing the influence of physician investigators who lead clinical trials. In particular, we exploit variation across drugs in the location of(More)
We estimate how physicians' financial incentives affect their treatment choices in heart attack management, using a large dataset of private health insurance claims. Different insurance plans pay physicians different amounts for the same services, generating the required variation in financial incentives. We begin by presenting evidence that,(More)
BACKGROUND In a survey of German hospitals with obstetric units, data on anaesthesia and analgesia in obstetric pain management were collected. METHODS At each of 918 hospitals with obstetric units, the head of the anaesthetic department received a questionnaire on obstetric pain management. RESULTS The response rate was 47.1%. On average, there were(More)
This paper merges weekly average temperature data from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center (NDCC) with Medicare claims data in order to analyze the impact of high and low temperatures on mortality, onset of new chronic conditions, and hospital spending. We find a U-shaped pattern to mortality, with high and low(More)
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