AN NBER PUBLICATION ISSUE: No. 3, November 2020

The Bulletin on Health

Summarizes recent NBER Working Papers pertaining to health topics. It is distributed digitally three times a year and is free
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Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease of the brain that is the leading cause of dementia in the United States, afflicting an estimated five million Americans. As shown in the figure, the prevalence, costs, and human toll of this disease are vast, and expected to increase over time. Given these sobering statistics, Alzheimer’s disease is a critical priority for research and public policy in the United States. In order to encourage new economic research on this...

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Health care provided by specialists is associated with greater treatment intensity than health care by general practitioners, raising questions about the costs and benefits of the additional care. Researcher Joseph J. Doyle, Jr., in Physician Characteristics and Patient Survival: Evidence from Physician Availability (NBER Working Paper 27458), presents evidence that substantiates the higher costs of care by specialists, and shows that this care by specialists benefits...
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In response to concerns about misuse of two commonly-prescribed opioid medications, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) tightened the rules for prescribing them in 2014. The additional restrictions were effective in reducing use of the targeted drugs, according to Competitive Effects of Federal and State Opioid Restrictions: Evidence from the Controlled Substance Laws (NBER Working Paper 27520) by Sumedha Gupta, Thuy D. Nguyen, Patricia R. Freeman, and Kosali I. Simon....
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Kate Ho is a research associate in the NBER’s programs on Health Care, Health Economics, and Industrial Organization. She is a professor of economics at Princeton University and co-director of Princeton’s Center for Health and Wellbeing. Her research focuses on the industrial organization of health care, integrating models of consumer demand with models of bargaining between employers and insurers and between providers and insurers. She has used these models to...
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Many NBER-affiliated researchers publish some of their findings in medical and other journals that preclude pre-publication distribution. This makes it impossible to include these papers in the NBER Working Paper Series. This is a partial listing of recent papers in this category by NBER affiliates.   Behavioral Heuristics in Coronary-Artery Bypass Graft Surgery Olenski AR, Zimerman A, Coussens S, Jena AB. New England Journal of Medicine 382(8), February 2020...
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