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Do Physicians Respond to Liability Standards?


Michael Frakes


Northwestern University - School of Law

Matthew Frank


Harvard University - Law School - Students

Seth A. Seabury


Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

August 2, 2014

Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (Forthcoming)
Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 14-45

Abstract:     
In this paper, we explore the sensitivity in the clinical decisions of physicians to the standards of care expected of them under the law, drawing on the abandonment by states over time of rules holding physicians to standards determined by local customs and the contemporaneous adoption of national-standard rules. Using data on broad rates of surgical interventions at the county-by-year level from the Area Resource File, we find that local surgery rates converge towards national surgery rates upon the adoption of national-standard rules. Moreover, we find that these effects are more pronounced among rural counties.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 18

JEL Classification: I10, K13, K41

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Date posted: August 4, 2014 ; Last revised: September 11, 2014

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Frakes, Michael and Frank, Matthew and Seabury, Seth A., Do Physicians Respond to Liability Standards? (August 2, 2014). Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (Forthcoming); Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 14-45. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2475485 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2475485

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Michael Frakes (Contact Author)
Northwestern University - School of Law ( email )
375 E. Chicago Ave
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Chicago, IL 60611
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Matthew Frank
Harvard University - Law School - Students ( email )
1563 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Seth A. Seabury
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California ( email )
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States
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