I take advantage of regulatory and pricing dynamics in Medicare Part D to explore interactions among adverse selection, inertia, and regulation. I first document novel evidence of adverse selection and switching frictions within Part D using detailed administrative data. I then estimate a contract choice and pricing model that quantifies the importance of inertia for risk sorting. I find that in Part D switching costs help sustain an adversely-selected equilibrium. I also estimate that active ?decision making in the existing policy environment could lead to a substantial gain in annual consumer surplus of on average $400-$600 per capita--20 percent to 30 percent of average annual spending.
"Regulation of Insurance with Adverse Selection and Switching Costs: Evidence from Medicare Part D."
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics,
Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies
National Government Expenditures and Health
Health Insurance, Public and Private
Health: Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health