Do Doctors Improve the Health Care of Their Parents? Evidence from Admission Lotteries

39 Pages Posted: 23 Oct 2019

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Elisabeth Artmann

VU University Amsterdam

Hessel Oosterbeek

University of Amsterdam - Research Institute in Economics & Econometrics (RESAM); Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam (TIA); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Bas Klaauw

VU University Amsterdam

Date Written: October 2019

Abstract

To assess the importance of limited access to medical expertise, we exploit admission lotteries to medical school in the Netherlands to estimate the causal effects of having a child who is a doctor on parents' health outcomes. We use data on health care use and mortality of parents of 22,000 lottery participants. Results reject that health outcomes of doctors' parents differ from those of non-doctors' parents. This suggests that easy, informal access to medical expertise is not an important driver of differences in health care use and mortality. This is consistent with institutions that provide equal health care for all.

Keywords: Health care use, Health inequality, Higher education, Intergenerational transmission, Medical information, Mortality

JEL Classification: D83, H51, I11, I12, I14, I26

Suggested Citation

Artmann, Elisabeth and Oosterbeek, Hessel and Klaauw, Bas, Do Doctors Improve the Health Care of Their Parents? Evidence from Admission Lotteries (October 2019). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP14061, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3474433

Elisabeth Artmann (Contact Author)

VU University Amsterdam ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, ND North Holland 1081 HV
Netherlands

Hessel Oosterbeek

University of Amsterdam - Research Institute in Economics & Econometrics (RESAM) ( email )

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Amsterdam
Netherlands
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Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam (TIA)

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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Bas Klaauw

VU University Amsterdam ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, ND North Holland 1081 HV
Netherlands

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