NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Physicians Treating Physicians: Information and Incentives in Childbirth

Erin M. Johnson, M. Marit Rehavi

NBER Working Paper No. 19242
Issued in July 2013

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This paper has benefited from comments by: Kate Baicker, David Card, Joe Doyle, Jonathan Ketcham, Patrick Kline and participants at ASHE, BU/Harvard/MIT Health Seminar, Chicago Harris, Michigan, NBER SI: Health Care, RAND, SFU and UBC. We also thank Doug Almond, Charlie Brown, Randy Ellis, Amy Finkelstein, Josh Gottlieb, Tom McGuire, Edward Norton, Jeff Smith, and Heidi Williams for helpful discussions. We are grateful to Beate Danielsen at Health Information Solutions for performing the confidential merge, to Louise Hand and Betty Henderson-Sparks at OSHPD for their assistance in accessing the confidential data, and to Daniela Carusi, MD for sharing her clinical expertise. Rehavi gratefully acknowledges funding from CIFAR and the Hampton Fund and thanks the RWJ Scholars program for its financial support in the initial stages of this project. Corresponding author: Erin M. Johnson, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139, phone: 617-715-4836, fax: 617-258-6786, email: erinmj@mit.edu The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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