Unbiased Analysis of Today's Healthcare Issues

Option Theory and Foul Trouble

Some non-healthcare reading from Wages of Wins as the NBA playoffs are upon us.  Should a coach bench a starter in foul trouble?  Doesn’t reducing a high-quality player’s aggregate minutes adverse affect a team and thus coaches should let players play regardless of the number of fouls they have? It turns out that the optimal […]

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Irreversibility and Medical Treatment

Irreversibility occurs when treatment in the current period alters the efficacy of treatments in the future. A paper by Zivin and Neidell (2010) give the following simple example: Examine the following table.  In the first scenario, the individual has disease X in two periods.  If he takes treatment 1 (T1) then he will recover 6 […]

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