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Physician Licensure: A New Approach to Examining the Role of Professional Interests

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  • Svorny, Shirley V

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For years, economists have debated the extent to which organized medicine has benefited from medical licensing restrictions. This debate has b een hampered by the lack of a viable alternative hypothesis. This pap er provides an alternative hypothesis and suggests an empirical test which focuses on the relationship between licensure restrictions and the level of consumption of physician services across states. The evi dence suggests that in the mid-1960s the interests of organized medic ine dominated those of consumers in influencing the medical regulator y supply process. Copyright 1987 by Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Economic Inquiry.

Volume (Year): 25 (1987)
Issue (Month): 3 (July)
Pages: 497-509

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Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:25:y:1987:i:3:p:497-509

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  1. Rexford E. Santerre & John A. Vernon, 2006. "The consumer welfare implications of the hospital ownership mix in the US: an exploratory study," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 15(11), pages 1187-1199.
  2. Marc T. Law & Sukkoo Kim, 2004. "Specialization and Regulation: The Rise of Professionals and the Emergence of Occupational Licensing Regulation," NBER Working Papers 10467, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Rexford E. Santerre & John A. Vernon, 2005. "Hospital Ownership Mix Efficiency in the US: An Exploratory Study," NBER Working Papers 11192, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  4. Reinshagen, Felix, 2011. "Standards and Incentives in Safety Regulation," Munich Dissertations in Economics 13430, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  5. Rexford E. Santerre & John A. Vernon, 2005. "Testing for Ownership Mix Efficiency: The Case of the Nursing Home Industry," NBER Working Papers 11115, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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