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Health Care, Technological Change, and Altruistic Consumption Externalities

Tomas Philipson, Stephane Mechoulan, Anupam Jena

NBER Working Paper No. 11930
Issued in January 2006

---- Acknowledgements -----

This paper is a revision of earlier versions including NBER Working Paper No 9598 and No 11930. We are thankful for comments from seminar participants at the University of Chicago, George Mason University, the University of Maryland, the ALEA Meetings, the AEA Meetings, the Conference on Markets for Pharmaceuticals and the Health of Developing Nations, as well as from Michael Baker, Gary Becker, John Grana, Robert McMillan, Kevin Murphy, and Gilles Saint-Paul. Philipson benefited from discussions of many related topics with colleagues at FDA, CMS, and The Pull Mechanism Working Group of the Center for Global Development, Washington DC whom, however, should not be held responsible for any views contained. Philipson acknowledges financial support from Pfizer Inc as well as the George Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, and the John M. Olin Law & Economics Program, both at the University of Chicago. Jena acknowledges fellowship support from the NIH through the University of Chicago Medical Scientist Training Program and from AHRQ through RAND/UCLA. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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