CEP/STICERD Applications Seminars
Middle Men or Innovators? The Role of Insurers in Cost and Productivity in Health Care
Jonathan Kolstad (University of California, Berkeley)
Monday 27 March 2023 12:00 - 13:30
This event is both online and in personSAL 1.04, 1st Floor Conference Room, Sir Arthur Lewis Building, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH
About this event
Health insurers play a central role in the function of any health care system. In practice, whether a single payer system or a managed marketplace, insurers function as the platform aggregating information and determining prices and quantities to allocate health care providers and technologies to patients with a range of, potentially complex, medical conditions. To better understand this role, we study innovation and productivity of U.S. private health insurers. We aggregate information from more than 4800 natural experiments in which employers force over 34,000 workers to switch health insurance plans to recover the distribution of insurer treatment effects on health care spending, prices, quantities, and more granular measures of utilization. We do so both at the aggregate level on a condition-by-condition basis, allowing for productivity differences in the aggregate insurer technology as well as for particular types of patients/diseases where condition specific investments must be made.
Participants are expected to adhere to the CEP Events Code of Conduct.
This event will take place in SAL 1.04, 1st Floor Conference Room, Sir Arthur Lewis Building, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH.The building is labelled SAL on the LSE campus map. You can also find us on Google Maps. For further information, go to contact us.
This series is part of the CEP's Labour Markets programme.