Does Diversity Matter for Health? Experimental Evidence from Oakland

56 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2018

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Marcella Alsan

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Owen Garrick

Bridge Clinical Research

Grant Graziani

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: June 2018

Abstract

We study the effect of physician workforce diversity on the demand for preventive care among African-American men. In an experiment in Oakland, California, we randomize black men to black or non-black male medical doctors. We use a two-stage design, measuring decisions before (pre-consultation) and after (post-consultation) meeting their assigned doctor. Subjects select a similar number of preventives in the preconsultation stage, but are much more likely to select every preventive service, particularly invasive services, once meeting with a racially concordant doctor. Our findings suggest black doctors could reduce the black-white male gap in cardiovascular mortality by 19%.

Suggested Citation

Alsan, Marcella and Garrick, Owen and Graziani, Grant, Does Diversity Matter for Health? Experimental Evidence from Oakland (June 2018). NBER Working Paper No. w24787, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3210441

Marcella Alsan (Contact Author)

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Owen Garrick

Bridge Clinical Research ( email )

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Oakland, CA 94621
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Grant Graziani

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )

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