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Doctor–patient differences in risk and time preferences: a field experiment

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  • Galizzi, Matteo M.
  • Miraldo, Marisa
  • Stavropoulou, Charitini
  • van der Pol, Marjon

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We conduct a framed field experiment among patients and doctors to test whether the two groups have similar risk and time preferences. We elicit risk and time preferences using multiple price list tests and their adaptations to the healthcare context. Risk and time preferences are compared in terms of switching points in the tests and the structurally estimated behavioural parameters. We find that doctors and patients significantly differ in their time preferences: doctors discount future outcomes less heavily than patients. We find no evidence that doctors and patients systematically differ in their risk preferences in the healthcare domain.

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  • Galizzi, Matteo M. & Miraldo, Marisa & Stavropoulou, Charitini & van der Pol, Marjon, 2016. "Doctor–patient differences in risk and time preferences: a field experiment," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 68143, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
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    field experiment; risk aversion; impatience; doctor-patient relationship; structural estimation;

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    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making
    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets

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