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P4P, Reputation and the Reduction of Costly Overprovision

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  • Nadja Kairies

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    We investigate the effect of reputational motivation on output in a scenario of overprovision of medical treatment. We assume that physicians differ in their degree of altruism, enjoy being perceived as good but dislike being perceived as greedy. We show that better reputational motivation unambiguously reduces the costs of healthcare provision and the magnitude of overprovision which in turn rises patient benefits.

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    Paper provided by Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen in its series Ruhr Economic Papers with number 0331.

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    Length: 17 pages
    Date of creation: Apr 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:rwi:repape:0331

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    Keywords: Altruism; performance; motivation;

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