First Do No Harm?: Tort Reform and Birth Outcomes

@article{Currie2006FirstDN,
  title={First Do No Harm?: Tort Reform and Birth Outcomes},
  author={Janet M. Currie and W. Bentley MacLeod},
  journal={HEN: Malpractice (Sub-Topic)},
  year={2006}
}
We examine the impact of tort reforms using U.S. birth records for 1989-2001. We make four contributions: First, we develop a model that analyzes the incentives created by specific tort reforms. Second, we assemble new data on tort reform. Third, we examine a range of outcomes. Finally, we allow for differential effects by demographic/risk group. We find that reforms of the "deep pockets rule" reduce complications of labor and C-sections, while caps on noneconomic damages increase them. Our… 
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