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Estimating Marginal Returns to Medical Care: Evidence from At-Risk Newborns

Douglas Almond, Joseph J. Doyle, Jr., Amanda E. Kowalski, Heidi Williams

NBER Working Paper No. 14522
Issued in December 2008

---- Acknowledgements -----

We are very grateful to Christine Pal and Jean Roth for assistance with the data, to Christopher Afendulis and Ciaran Phibbs for sharing the California neonatal intensive care unit data, and to Drs. Chris Almond, Burak Alsan, Munish Gupta, Chafen Hart, and Katherine Metcalf for helpful discussions regarding neonatology. David Autor, Amitabh Chandra, David Cutler, Dan Fetter, Amy Finkelstein, Edward Glaeser, Michael Greenstone, Jonathan Gruber, Jerry Hausman, Guido Imbens, Lawrence Katz, Michael Kremer, Ellen Meara, Derek Neal, Joseph Newhouse, James Poterba, Gary Solon, Tavneet Suri, and participants in seminars at Harvard, the Harvard School of Public Health, MIT, and the fall 2008 NBER Labor Studies meeting provided helpful comments and feedback. We use discharge data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, provided by the Arizona Department of Health Services, Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, and the New York State Department of Health. Funding from the National Institute on Aging, Grant Number T32-AG000186 to the National Bureau of Economic Research, is gratefully acknowledged (Doyle, Kowalski, Williams). 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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