This setting lets you change the way you view articles. You can choose to have articles open in a dialog window, a new tab, or directly in the same window.
Open in Dialog
Open in New Tab
Open in same window

American Economic Journal: Economic Policy: Vol. 3 No. 3 (August 2011)

Expand

Quick Tools:

Print Article Summary
Export Citation
Sign up for Email Alerts Follow us on Twitter Subscription Information
(Institutional Administrator Access)

Explore:

AEJ: Policy - All Issues

AEJ: Policy Forthcoming Articles

After Midnight: A Regression Discontinuity Design in Length of Postpartum Hospital Stays

Article Citation

Almond, Douglas, and Joseph J. Doyle. 2011. "After Midnight: A Regression Discontinuity Design in Length of Postpartum Hospital Stays." American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 3(3): 1-34.

DOI: 10.1257/pol.3.3.1

Abstract

Estimates of moral hazard in health insurance markets can be confounded by adverse selection. This paper considers a plausibly exogenous source of variation in insurance coverage for childbirth in California. We find that additional health insurance coverage induces substantial extensions in length of hospital stay for mother and newborn. However, remaining in the hospital longer has no effect on readmissions or mortality, and the estimates are precise. Our results suggest that for uncomplicated births, minimum insurance mandates incur substantial costs without detectable health benefits. (JEL D82, G22, I12, I18, J13)

Article Full-Text Access

Full-text Article

Additional Materials

Download Data Set (9.61 KB) | Online Appendix (2.23 MB)

Authors

Almond, Douglas (Columbia U)
Doyle, Joseph J. (MIT)

JEL Classifications

D82: Asymmetric and Private Information
G22: Insurance; Insurance Companies
I12: Health Production
I18: Health: Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
J13: Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth

Comments

View Comments on This Article (0) | Login to post a comment


American Economic Journal: Economic Policy


Quick Tools:

Sign up for Email Alerts

Follow us on Twitter

Subscription Information
(Institutional Administrator Access)

Explore:

AEJ: Policy - All Issues

AEJ: Policy - Forthcoming Articles

Virtual Field Journals


AEA Member Login:


AEAweb | AEA Journals | Contact Us