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Motivation and Competition in Health Care

Anthony Scott () and Peter Sivey
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Anthony Scott: Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne, http://melbourneinstitute.com/staff/ascott/default.html

Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series from Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne

Abstract: Non-pecuniary sources of motivation are a strong feature of the health care sector and the impact of competitive incentives may be lower where pecuniary motivation is low. We test this hypothesis by measuring the marginal utility of income of physicians from a stated-choice experiment, and examining whether this measure influences the response of physicians to changes in competition on prices charged. We find that physicians exploit a lack of competition with higher prices only if they have a high marginal utility of income.

Keywords: FDoctors; incentives; competition; motivation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-com, nep-hea and nep-upt
Date: 2017-01
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