Should the US adopt global budgets for hospitals? Have some states done this already?

While I leave the answer to the first question for another day, the answer to the second question is ‘yes’. Done, Herring and Wu (2019) explain’s Maryland’s approach to global capitation payments for hospitals covering both inpatient and outpatient hospital services. Maryland is the only state that still operates an all‐payer rate‐setting system for hospitals,…

Peer effects: Does your perceptions about your peers matter more than your peers’ behavior?

It appears that not only does your friend’s behavior affect your behavior, but your perception of their behavior–independent from their actual behavior–affects your behavior. Want a concrete example of this? A paper by Amialchuk et al. (2019) finds the following: Using a nationally representative dataset, we estimate the effect of misperception about friends’ alcohol, smoking,…