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Doctors Without Borders? Re-licensing Requirements and Negative Selection in the Market for Physicians


Adriana D. Kugler


Georgetown University - Public Policy Institute (GPPI); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Robert M. Sauer


University of London - Royal Holloway College


Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 437-466, July 2005

Abstract:     
Re-licensing requirements for professionals that move across borders are widespread. In this paper, we measure the effects of occupational licensing by exploiting an immigrant physician re-training assignment rule. Instrumental variables and quantile treatment effects estimates indicate large returns to acquiring an occupational license and negative selection into licensing status. We also develop a model of optimal license acquisition which, together with the empirical results, suggests that stricter re-licensing requirements may not only lead to practitioner rents, but also to lower average quality of service in the market for physicians.

Keywords: licensing, immigrants, physicians

JEL Classification: I11, J62, J44, J61

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Date posted: September 2, 2004  

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Kugler, Adriana D. and Sauer, Robert M., Doctors Without Borders? Re-licensing Requirements and Negative Selection in the Market for Physicians. Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 437-466, July 2005. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=582342

Contact Information

Adriana Debora Kugler
Georgetown University - Public Policy Institute (GPPI) ( email )
3600 N Street, NW Suite 200
Washington, DC 20057
United States
Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
77 Bastwick Street
London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Robert M. Sauer (Contact Author)
University of London - Royal Holloway College ( email )
Senate House
Malet Street
London, TW20 0EX
United Kingdom
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