Doctors without Borders? Relicensing Requirements and Negative Selection in the Market for Physicians

  title={Doctors without Borders? Relicensing Requirements and Negative Selection in the Market for Physicians},
  author={Adriana Kugler and Robert M. Sauer},
  journal={Journal of Labor Economics},
  pages={437 - 465}
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