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Selection on Moral Hazard in Health Insurance

Liran Einav, Amy Finkelstein, Stephen Ryan (), Paul Schrimpf and Mark R. Cullen

American Economic Review, 2013, vol. 103, issue 1, 178-219

Abstract: We use employee-level panel data from a single firm to explore the possibility that individuals may select insurance coverage in part based on their anticipated behavioral ("moral hazard") response to insurance, a phenomenon we label "selection on moral hazard." Using a model of plan choice and medical utilization, we present evidence of heterogenous moral hazard as well as selection on it, and explore some of its implications. For example, we show that, at least in our context, abstracting from selection on moral hazard could lead to overestimates of the spending reduction associated with introducing a high-deductible health insurance option. (JEL D82, G22, I13, J32)

JEL-codes: D82 G22 I13 J32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.103.1.178
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