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Optimal prevention when informal penalties matter: The case of medical errors

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  • Grepperud, Sverre

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    (Institute of Health Management and Health Economics)

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    Individuals often respond with strong emotions to being penalised. Such responses suggest that informal penalties are important and play a role in creating deterrence. In this paper informal penalties are analysed in the context of medical errors. The introduction of informal penalties, if dependent upon formal ones, implies that: (i) the optimal enforcement regime becomes more lenient, and in some cases the lack of formal punishment is preferred, (ii) the first-best solution becomes unattainable, (iii) liability rates and formal penalty level are no longer perfect deterrence substitutes. In addition, powers of informal penalties provide a rationale for administrative sanctions (informal criticism, reprimands and warnings).

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    Paper provided by Oslo University, Health Economics Research Programme in its series HERO On line Working Paper Series with number 2007:5.

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    Length: 32 pages
    Date of creation: 03 Jun 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:oslohe:2007_005

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    Keywords: Iatrogenic injury; enforcement; administrative sanctions;

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