T. Schaub

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The impact of smoking on medical care expenditure is analyzed, challenging the widespread belief that smoking imposes a large cost burden on health services systems. The results imply that lifetime expenditure is higher for nonsmokers than for smokers because smokers' higher annual utilization rates are overcompensated for by nonsmokers' higher life(More)
Smoking has become a major issue for public health policy in recent years. This paper deals with the economic aspects of smoking. First, we outline the basic concepts of welfare economics which subsequently are used as the normative framework of the analysis. In particular, we stress the role of efficiency as a criterion for economic policy evaluation.(More)
Explanation: This ad-hoc prelims list is designed to (1) provide a grounding in nineteenth-and twentieth-century American prose (mostly fiction) and poetry and (2) allow me to begin formulating my dissertation project. In my dissertation, I plan to investigate how tropes and metaphors of organic breakdown (such as decay and digestion) work in contemporary(More)
The quantitative impact of smoking on mortality and longevity in Switzerland is investigated. The calculations are based on mortality ratios between smokers and nonsmokers reported in prospective epidemiologic studies, the prevalence of smoking in Switzerland, cause-specific mortality rates and the lifetable. The results imply that in 1976 roughly 3800(More)
For the purposes of an analysis of the hospital capacities of the canton of Basel-Stadt, a one-day census was conducted on April 20, 1983. On that day, the physicians in charge identified every fifth patient out of 2920 hospitalized patients as misplaced. "Misplaced" means that, from a medical point of view, mostly elderly patients could be treated and(More)