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Does Doctors' Experience Matter in LASIK Surgeries?: Working Paper 2010-01

  • Juan M. Contreras
  • Beomsoo Kim
  • Ignez M. Tristao

In this paper, we use a longitudinal census of laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) eye surgeries collected directly from patient charts to examine the learning-by-doing hypothesis in medicine. LASIK surgery has precise measures of presurgical condition and postsurgical outcomes. Unlike other types of surgery, the impact of unobservable underlying patient conditions on outcomes is minimal. Individual learning by doing is identified through observations of surgical outcomes over time, based on the cumulative number of surgeries performed. Collective learning is identified separately, through

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Paper provided by Congressional Budget Office in its series Working Papers with number 21400.

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Date of creation: 31 Mar 2010
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