My current research, at the crossroads between health economics and labour economics, focuses on physician responses to the financial incentives, especially in fee for service contracts. I investigate how these responses influence the allocation of resources within healthcare systems and access to care, as well as how they translate into different health outcomes. I furthermore explore which factors in physicians' work environment are more conducive to stronger behavioural responses in the presence of financial incentives, especially by changing the degree of asymmetry of information in their relation with their patients. I specifically explore these questions in the context of obstetrics to explain the rise in c-section rates, and examine the heterogeneity of responses across physician types (general practitioners and specialists).
Professor Michael Baker, Professor Mark Stabile