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Archive for March, 2009

Help advance the science of economics and win a $25 Amazon gift card

Daniel Wiesen and Jason Shafrin ask you to participate in an economic survey.  By completing the survey, you will help advance the science of economics.  Further, if you complete the survey by March 20, you will be made eligible to win a $25 gift card to Amazon.   To take the survey click on this link or paste […]

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Is MediGap efficiently priced?

In 2004, 29% of Medicare enrollees had Medigap coverage.  Are these policies priced efficiently? An NBER paper by Maestas, Schroeder and Goldman (2009) argues that the answer is no.   Prior to July 1992, Medigap was minimally regulated.  With the passage of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 (implemented in July 1992), Medigap plans […]

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Help advance the science of economics and win a $25 Amazon gift card

Daniel Wiesen and Jason Shafrin ask you to participate in an economic survey.  By completing the survey, you will help advance the science of economics.  Further, if you complete the survey by March 20, you will be made eligible to win a $25 gift card to Amazon.   To take the survey click on this […]

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The Current Recession: A good time for grad school?

Penelope Trunk doesn’t believe in grad school. HT: Marginal Revolution.

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Will health reform help you and your family?

The Kaiser Family Foundation that says 59% of people think health reform would make the country better off and only 12% thought health reform would make the country worse off.  This seems like overwhelming support.  However, how only 38% of people thought health reform would make themselves and their family better off compared to 11% […]

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Canadian Social Security and Well-Being

Does Social Security work?  By that, I mean does giving elderly individuals a government pension increase their level of income, the amount of goods the can consume, or even their happiness? An NBER working paper by Baker, Gruber and Milligan (2009) tries to answer this question in the Canadian setting. Background Currently, Canadian income transfer […]

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Informal Payments in Public Healthcare

Healthcare Europa reports that despite being in a public healthcare system, many physicians receive informal payments to supplement their income. “The top doctors, the ones in managerial positions in hospitals, make 5-10 times their monthly salaries of Euros 1,000 to Euros 2,000 from informal payments. They will also take bribes on any new equipment or […]

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Health Care Reform in the Netherlands: A Work in Progress

In the Netherlands, the Health Insurance Act of 2006 mandates that all individuals have health insurance.  Health insurance is provided by the private sector and these private health insurers can charge any premium they please.  The government does provide some risk-adjusted payment to the insurance companies.  This means that the state gives insurance company more […]

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