State University of New York at Albany
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Institutional Affiliation: University at Albany
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|March 2018||Medical Malpractice Reforms and the Location Decisions of New Physicians|
with Pinka Chatterji, Gerald R. Marschke: w24401
Spatial inequalities in access to physicians is a long-standing problem in the US, and it may be an important underlying cause of SES-related and racial/ethnic disparities in health outcomes. One important factor underlying spatial inequalities may be the enactment of state-level malpractice reforms, which could affect physician supply to a state, and/or lead to sorting among physicians across states along characteristics such as physician quality. In this study, we test whether state-level malpractice laws affect new physicians’ location decisions and sorting of physicians by quality measures across states. We use data from the New York State (NYS) Residents’ Exit Survey, which includes all exiting medical residents from hospitals in NYS, and includes the practice locations these new phys...