Reference : Physician Induced Demand for C-Sections: Does the Convenience Incentive Matter?
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Physician Induced Demand for C-Sections: Does the Convenience Incentive Matter?
Lefevre, Mélanie mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > HEC-Ecole de gestion : UER > Economie générale et gestion publique >]
[en] C-section ; convenience incentive ; physician induced demand
[en] This paper investigates whether physicians induce demand for C-sections in the days preceding leisure periods. I reject that doctors are meaningfully increasing the number of cesareans to accommodate their own preferences for control of deliveries around holiday Mondays. Using a sample of more than 1,300,000 deliveries, I can precisely estimate that the induced demand due to convenience is close to zero. While I replicate previous results of lower C-section rates on leisure periods, I show that they are due to the way doctors schedule planned cesareans rather than to an induced demand for reason of physicians' convenience.
Centre de Recherche en Économie Publique et de la Population - C.R.E.P.P

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