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December 2010The Impact of Employment Protection on Workers Disabled by Workplace Injuries
with Adam H. Gailey
in Regulation vs. Litigation: Perspectives from Economics and Law, Daniel P. Kessler, editor
September 2009The Welfare Effects of Medical Malpractice Liability
with Darius N. Lakdawalla: w15383
Policymakers and the public are concerned about the role of medical malpractice liability in the rising cost of medical care. We use variation in the generosity of local juries to identify the causal impact of malpractice liability on medical costs, mortality, and social welfare. The effect of malpractice on medical costs is large relative to its share of medical expenditures, but relatively modest in absolute terms—growth in malpractice payments over the last decade and a half contributed at most 5.0% to the total real growth in medical expenditures, which topped 33% over this period. On the other side of the ledger, malpractice liability leads to modest reductions in patient mortality; the value of these more than likely exceeds the cost impacts of malpractice liability. Therefore, p...

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