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Politics and Health Care Spending in the United States

Zack Cooper, Amanda E Kowalski, Eleanor N Powell, Jennifer Wu

NBER Working Paper No. 23748
Issued in August 2017, Revised in January 2020

---- Acknowledgments ----

Previously circulated as "Politics, Hospital Behavior, and Health Care Spending." This work began when all four coauthors were affiliates of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) at Yale University and we thank ISPS and Jacob Hacker for the tremendous support. This project also received financial support from the Tobin Center for Economic Policy at Yale University. We thank Steven Berry, Andrea Harris, Neale Mahoney, Joshua Gottlieb, David Mayhew, Mark McClellan, Fiona Scott Morton, Ebonya Washington, and participants at various seminars for helpful feedback. We also thank Leemore Dafny, Jonathan Gruber, and Adam Sacarny for help with accessing data. Antoine Arnoud, Eugene Larsen-Hallock, Charles Gray, Harriet Jeon, Jonathan Kroah, Hao Nyguen, Lachi Singh, and Stuart Craig provided excellent research assistance. All mistakes are our own. 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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