The Demography of the Medical Profession and the Careers of General Practitioners (GPs: Intergenerational Inequalities)
AbstractSince 1971 the number of doctors providing ambulatory care in France has been restricted by a limited number of places for students. We use a representative sample of 6016 GPs observed over the period 1983-2004 and belonging to 'sector 1', where fees are fixed by bargaining. We estimate an earnings function to identify experience, time and cohort effects. Doctors' earnings depend heavily on the demography of the medical profession that prevails at the beginning of their careers. The cohorts who started practicing in the 1980s suffered the combined impact of the baby boom and a high number of medical school places. The fall in the number of medical school places improved the situation for subsequent cohorts.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques in its journal Economie et Statistique.
Volume (Year): 414 (2009)
Issue (Month): (January)
GPs; Self-employed; Longitudinal Data; Earnings; Stochastic Dominance;
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