What happens when health plans compete

Studies show that market entrances by insurers have a greater effect when there are few in a market, com­pared with when there are already many. (A more pre­cise mea­sure of […]

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Bashar al-​​Assad: Frenemy or foe?

As the United States takes a more direct hand in com­bat­ting ISIS in Iraq, ques­tions have come up about how any rela­tion­ship with Dam­ascus will (or should) evolve. “This is […]

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The health care waiting game

In our market-​​​​based system, patients can get lucra­tive pro­ce­dures rapidly, even when there is no urgent med­ical need: Need a new knee, or an M.R.I., or a Botox injec­tion? You’ll […]

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The downward ramp

Andrew Sum, an econ­o­mist at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, is the lead author of a Brook­ings Insti­tu­tion paper pub­lished in March, “The Plum­meting Labor Market For­tunes of Teens and Young Adults.” In […]

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When hospital systems buy health insurers

Wary of threats to com­pe­ti­tion and the effects on con­sumers and patients, health econ­o­mists and antitrust reg­u­la­tors are watching these market dynamics with a con­cerned eye. Last year, with Steve Pizer of Northeastern […]

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