Provider Spill-Overs in Opioid Prescription Leniency and Patient â€“ Labor Market Outcomes
Peter RÃ¸nÃ¸ Thingholm ()
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Peter RÃ¸nÃ¸ Thingholm: Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University, Postal: Fuglesangs Alle 4, DK-8210 Aarhus V, Denmark
Economics Working Papers from Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University
While it is widely recognized that treatment choices of health care providers vary across similar patients, reasons for this remain poorly understood. This paper estimates the spatial evolution of opioid prescription leniency of health care providers. Using exits and entries of primary care providers into local markets I document spillover effect in opioid prescription leniency across primary care practices. My results imply that an increase in opioid leniency of 1 standard deviation of a random provider peer increases the leniency of the focal provider by 7% of a standard deviation. Finally, I apply the network model to estimate how increased opioid use is harmful to patientsâ€™ labor market outcomes.
Keywords: Labor market; Opioids; Provider Practice Style (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I11 I12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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