Start spreading the news: A structural estimate of the effects of New York hospital report cards

David Stuart Dranove*, Andrew Sfekas

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Research on the effects of publicly reported hospital quality report cards on patient market shares is mixed. Higher-ranking hospitals do not consistently experience increases in market share. We argue that this may be because the report cards do not always convey "news" about quality; in some cases the rankings conform with prior beliefs about quality. We develop a structural model of the "news" in report cards and estimate the model using data from New York State in 1989-1991. We show hospitals with negative news in the original 1990 report cards experienced a decrease in market share, but that a misspecified model might continue to find no report card effect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1201-1207
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Health Economics
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008

Keywords

  • Hospitals
  • Report cards

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

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