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The formation of physician altruism

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  • Arthur E. Attema

    (Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management |Rotterdam])

  • Matteo M Galizzi

    (LSE - London School of Economics and Political Science)

  • Mona Groß

    (Universität zu Köln = University of Cologne)

  • Heike Hennig-Schmidt

    (Universität Bonn = University of Bonn)

  • Yassin Karay
  • Olivier L’haridon

    (CREM - Centre de recherche en économie et management - UNICAEN - Université de Caen Normandie - NU - Normandie Université - UR - Université de Rennes - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, IUF - Institut universitaire de France - M.E.N.E.S.R. - Ministère de l'Education nationale, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche)

  • Daniel Wiesen

    (Universität zu Köln = University of Cologne)

Abstract

We study how patient-regarding altruism is formed by medical education. We elicit and structurally estimate altruistic preferences using experimental data from a large sample of medical students (N = 733) in Germany at different progress stages in their studies. The estimates reveal substantial heterogeneity in altruistic preferences of medical students. Patient-regarding altruism is highest for freshmen, significantly declines for students in the course of medical studies, and tends to increase again for last year students, who assist in clinical practice. Also, patient-regarding altruism is higher for females and positively associated to general altruism. Altruistic medical students have gained prior practical experience in healthcare, have lower income expectations, and are more likely to choose surgery and pediatrics as their preferred specialty.

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  • Arthur E. Attema & Matteo M Galizzi & Mona Groß & Heike Hennig-Schmidt & Yassin Karay & Olivier L’haridon & Daniel Wiesen, 2023. "The formation of physician altruism," Post-Print hal-03980541, HAL.
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    Laboratory experiment; Medical education; Online experiment; Patient-regarding altruism; Specialty choice; Structural estimation;
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    JEL classification:

    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles
    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior

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