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The Market for Optometric Services in the United States

Douglas Coate

NBER Working Paper No. 122
Issued in February 1976

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the market for optometric services in the United States. This paper is divided into seven sections. In the first section an overview of the practice of optometry is presented. This is succeeded by an examination of the distribution of eye health professionals in the United States. In sections 3-5 a market model for optometric services is specified and discussed. Next, estimates of the model are presented. Finally, the implications of this research are considered.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w0122

Published: Explorations in Economic Research, Volume 4, number 2. National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc., 1977.

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