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Externalities and Benefit Design in Health Insurance

Amanda Starc, Robert J. Town

NBER Working Paper No. 21783
Issued in December 2015, Revised in April 2018

---- Acknowledgments ----

Previously circulated as "Internalizing Behavioral Externalities: Benefit Integration in Health Insurance." The authors gratefully acknowledge funding from the Leonard Davis Institute. Michael French, Josh Gottleib, Matt Grennan, Ben Handel, Jonathan Ketcham, Kurt Lavetti, Maria Polyakova, Joshua Schwartzstein, Ashley Swanson, and participants at the American Health Economics Conference, FTC Microeconomics Conference, NBER Insurance Meetings, Kellogg Healthcare Markets Conference, Wharton IO lunch, University of British Columbia, Indiana University, University of Chicago, and Yale provided helpful comments. Hossein Alidaee, Emma Boswell Dean, Jordan Keener, and David Stillerman provided excellent research assistance. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Robert J. Town ----

The author is a co-founder and Chief Economist at Picwell, Inc which provides decision support for health insurance choice.

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