Moral Hazard in Health Insurance

Hardcover | December 2, 2014

byAmy FinkelsteinAs told byKenneth J. Arrow, Jonathan Gruber

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Moral hazard-the tendency to change behavior when the cost of that behavior will be borne by others-is a particularly tricky question when considering health care. Kenneth J. Arrow's seminal 1963 paper on this topic (included in this volume) was one of the first to explore the implication of moral hazard for health care, and Amy Finkelstein-recognized as one of the world's foremost experts on the topic-here examines this issue in the context of contemporary American health care policy.

Drawing on research from both the original RAND Health Insurance Experiment and her own research, including a 2008 Health Insurance Experiment in Oregon, Finkelstein presents compelling evidence that health insurance does indeed affect medical spending and encourages policy solutions that acknowledge and account for this. The volume also features commentaries and insights from other renowned economists, including an introduction by Joseph P. Newhouse that provides context for the discussion, a commentary from Jonathan Gruber that considers provider-side moral hazard, and reflections from Joseph E. Stiglitz and Kenneth J. Arrow.

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Moral hazard-the tendency to change behavior when the cost of that behavior will be borne by others-is a particularly tricky question when considering health care. Kenneth J. Arrow's seminal 1963 paper on this topic (included in this volume) was one of the first to explore the implication of moral hazard for health care, and Amy Finke...

Amy Finkelstein is the Ford Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, codirector of JPAL North America, and codirector of the Public Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is a recipient of the John Bates Clark medal from the American Economic Association, the ASHEcon Medal from t...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:December 2, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231163800

ISBN - 13:9780231163804

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Foreword, by Joseph E. Stiglitz Introduction, by Joseph P. NewhouseMoral Hazard in Health Insurance: Developments Since Arrow (1963), by Amy FinkelsteinCommentary, by Jonathan GruberCommentary, by Kenneth J. ArrowCommentary, by Joseph E. StiglitzDiscussionArrow (1963): Uncertainty and the Welfare Economics of Medical Care, by Kenneth J. ArrowNotes on ContributorsIndex

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[Moral Hazard in Health Insurance] reads like a fireside chat among a group of distinguished, articulate health economists.