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Does Medical Malpractice Law Improve Health Care Quality?

Michael Frakes, Anupam B. Jena

NBER Working Paper No. 19841
Issued in January 2014

---- Acknowledgments ----

We are grateful to Amy Finkelstein and Jon Gruber for their guidance and advice. We are likewise grateful for helpful comments received from Ronen Avraham, Bernie Black, David Hyman, Louis Kaplow, Justin McCrary, Michelle Mello, Mark Ramseyer, Max Schazenbach, Steve Shavell, Charlie Silver, Holger Spamann, Brad Wendel, Kathy Zeiler and seminar participants at the Harvard Law, Economics & Organization Seminar, the Northwestern Law and Economics Colloquium, the Midwestern Law and Economics Association Annual Meeting, the University of Texas Medical Malpractice Roundtable and the Cornell Law School Faculty Retreat. We are also thankful to Negasi Beyene, Maria Owings and the staff at the Research Data Center at the National Center for Health Statistics for their help with the National Hospital Discharge Survey files and to Ronen Avraham for providing data on state tort laws. Frakes acknowledges support from the National Institute on Aging, Grant Number T32-AG00186 and Jena acknowledges support from the Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH Early Independence Award, 1DP5OD017897-01). 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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