Does tort reform affect physician supply? Evidence from Texas

David A. Hyman*, Charles Silver, Bernard Black, Myungho Paik

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Does state tort reform affect physician supply? Tort reformers certainly believe so. Before Texas adoptedtort reform in 2003, proponents claimed that physicians were deserting Texas in droves. After tort reformwas enacted, proponents claimed there had been a dramatic increase in physicians moving to Texas dueto the improved liability climate. We find no evidence to support either claim. Physician supply was notmeasurably stunted prior to reform, and it did not measurably improve after reform. This is true for allpatient care physicians in Texas, high-malpractice-risk specialties, primary care physicians, and ruralphysicians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-218
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Review of Law and Economics
StatePublished - Apr 10 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Law


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